Sharing God’s Truth in Love

Ephesians 4:15,16
But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

“Speak the truth.” Oh, my, how many times have I said what’s on my mind and justified it by claiming this Scripture? Have you done that, too? Was your doctrine on target? After all, before we speak the truth we have to know the truth.

“And the truth shall set you free.” This is another favorite verse of mine when I want give my opinion freely. Doesn’t everyone long to be free? Free from guilt. Free from the condemnation of sin. It would almost seem that we’re doing our brothers and sisters a great service by pointing out the error of their ways. But are we? We are if we hold ourselves accountable in two ways: we must be sure that we accurately, honestly present God’s Word (the source of all truth), and we must be sure that our motive is born of love. Our attitude has to reflect a heart of concern and a desire to see this brother or sister who has fallen in some way restored to the unity of the fellowship of believers. Truth without love is cruel and capricious.

As professing Christians, we hold a powerful truth. It has the power to convict, enlighten, encourage, and restore the members of the body. But our brothers and sisters in Christ won’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.

Father, thank You for being merciful to us. Help us to be merciful to those among us who are suffering under the weight of sin in their lives. Father, show us how to speak Your truth to them in a way that promotes healing and forgiveness. Unite our fellowship with Your gentle bonds of love.

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6 thoughts on “Sharing God’s Truth in Love

  1. Laura Hile

    Gots to put this post in context. Gayle teaches high school math. To students who, for the most part, want to be anywhere else than her classroom.

    Directness tempered with mercy. Not an easy thing for a teacher!

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  2. Gayle Mills

    I always want to be merciful. I have to remind myself that we have policies and procedures put in place by our county school board, and ALL of us are expected to follow them. My mercy can only extend to the limits they have set. They are the authority, and I am expected to submit and support. I often remind my students of that chain of authority. I think they need to learn that lesson. Every one answers to somebody ultimately.

    Now, on the other hand, I’ve never had a problem with being direct. And you’re right, Laura, it’s being both simultaneously that presents the challenge. I’m tough, but fair. I explain my expectations and relate that to their projected level of success. I’m respectful to them, and I expect reciprocal behavior. I would never intentionally hurt a child with the words out of my mouth.

    If they ask for my opinion — about anything — they will get an honest answer. They need adults in their lives who tell them the truth.

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  3. candymorton

    I guess I apply this to myself rather than to other people. I try always to be truthful. If I’ve done anything wrong, I try to correct it as soon as possible and in that way, the truth sets me free.

    As far as other people, the verse “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” Matthew 7:3, keeps me from speaking out to others about their faults, unless it’s huge and needs to be addressed. At least I try not to be judgmental while speaking to others but I’m only human, so that’s not always the case!

    Although, I’m not a teacher, except to my kids, and I don’t like confrontation, so it’s probably easier for me to avoid! My own kids might tell you differently! 😉

    Wonderful post!

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    1. Gayle Mills

      I think you make a very good point, Candy. The truth sets me free. I’m happiest when my actions are congruent with my beliefs. No little white lies to spare someone’s feelings. No carrying water for political correctness. After all, it’s not important what I think; it only matters what God says.

      So, for me it’s: be silent or speak the truth in love.

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