“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.”
Ephesians 4:15 NLT
In describing the mature Christian, Paul says that one of the marks is the ability to “speak the truth in love.” This sounds so simple, but it seems so hard for us to do. Some of us are fairly good at speaking the truth, but we forget to be loving. Some of us are good at being loving, but we don’t have it in us to level with others if the truth is painful. The instruction here is to do both: Speak the truth, but do it in a loving manner. Think of the trouble we would spare ourselves if we followed this practice, especially in the church! When you have a problem with another believer, don’t go to someone else with it. Go directly to that person, and speak the truth in love.
Some Christians fear that any mistake will destroy their witness for the Lord. They see their own weaknesses, and they know that many non-Christians seem to have stronger character than they do. How can we grow more and more like Christ? The answer is that Christ forms us into a body—into a group of individuals who are united in their purpose and in their love for one another and for the Lord. If an individual stumbles, the rest of the group is there to pick that person up and help him or her walk with God again. If a person sins, he or she can find restoration through the church (Galatians 6:1) even as the rest of the body continues to witness to God’s truth. As part of Christ’s body, do you reflect part of Christ’s character and carry out your special role in his work? (Tyndal Study Bible)
Remember when we started, these verses are about love or rather how we should love. The first comment was around humbleness. Consider this headline. Sharing or unselfishness. The key point Paul is making is how we share.
Remember sharing is not only money. It is your time, your ear or advice. How we do this is important. Paul says everything out of love. He realises that sometimes we fail as Christians or a mistake or the fear of making a mistake. Everything we do daily, we need to empower ourselves to do. How, its by following instruction of the Bible? In the second verse of the commentary, he advises us how. The strategy is to become strong in character, and unwavering in your faith. The Church, the Body Christ, is a vital part of that process.
“Lord, I pray I head Paul’s advice. Actions with love. In Jesus name, Amen.”