Ephesians Day 14: Truth in Love
“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” (4:15)
Christianity is about truth and love. This is not a list of two separate things but a description of two sides of the same coin. They are inseparable, you cannot have one without the other. In the first chapter of John’s gospel we read that Jesus came from the Father ‘full of grace and truth’ (John 1:14). I think the order there is significant – all things God (including, as we’ve seen, the book of Ephesians) begin with grace – but the truth is not an afterthought or optional extra.
Yes it’s difficult to know how to speak the truth in love, but that’s our mission. Let us pray for divine wisdom and assistance in doing us. The world needs truth more than ever, and it will not find it if the church offers some thin, malnourished compromise instead. But we need to remember that we in the church all fall short of God’s truth and as a result we are no less reliant on His grace than others. He speaks the truth in love to us, and so we must do the same for others.
And as we do so we will grow as God wants us, maturing to become ever more like Jesus, who is our model and exemplar for loving truthfulness and truthful loving. The alternative, as we see in verse 14, is to be ‘blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people’. I don’t know about you, but that’s not how I want to live. God’s truth anchors us, just as God’s love accepts us.
So accept others in love just like God accepted you. But give others the anchor of truth they need no less than you. People come for truth but stay for love. If we’re not offering both, we’re failing.
Jesus is love and the truth. Let’s live out nothing less.
To take away: Have you fallen into the trap of either brushing over the truth to avoid an awkward conversation or forgetting love in your haste to rebuke? I know I have, repeatedly. Ask God to show you how to speak the truth in love in every situation and with all kinds of people.
This is the 14th post in a 31-day walk through Ephesians. I’d love for you to join me in exploring this amazing book of the Bible for the rest of the month of May. Every day you’ll find a new post with fresh encouragement from God’s word. I hope this series blesses you, and if it does, please share it with others. Thank you.