“But speaking the truth in love [in all things—both our speech and our lives expressing His truth], let us grow up in all things into Him [following His example] who is the Head—Christ.”
Ephesians 4:15 (AMP)
Speaking the truth to someone about something is not easy at times. However when one speaks the truth there are benefits to be had. One, you engage that part of you that wants to do the right thing. Two, you are more likely to not hold on to resentments because you have confronted the issues or concerns even though you may have felt uncomfortable. Three, it’s a built in spiritual principle that leads and satisfies our longing to be more Christ like in our nature or closer to Him.
All that said, it’s important that one have the right motivation and attitude when speaking the truth. Let me add here that speaking the truth may or may not coincide with your personal truth.
Ephesians 4:15 reminds us to speak the truth in love. That love is the agape kind of love not the kind of love that pushes a self interested or dysfunctional agenda. In the epistle to the Ephesians the writer is warning them about the kind of truth telling some do who are not Christians. There is of course a big difference.
I invite you to speak the truth with agape love. Let that truth spoken with love release you from the bondage of self, resentment, fear, discouragement and negativity
Blessings and Peace,
Barbara J Couch, MDiv.