06/07/2020 - By Pastor Todd Nathan
15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:15-17)
“Truth becomes hard if it is not softened by love; love becomes soft if it is not strengthened by truth.” (John Stott)
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What does it mean to "speak the truth in love"? What does it look like practically. At times believers will use this verse either to justify what they want to say, or as a defense so they don't have to listen ("You are not being loving in the way you are talking!") When you look at the context of Ephesians 4:11-16, you will find that "speaking the truth in love" (v15) has everything to do with maximizing spiritual growth within the church, stabilizing believers who are being spiritually tossed around, and ultimately growing up together in Christ, who is the head of the church, as we all function together by God's design. So speaking the truth in love is not simply about confrontation. It's about spiritual growth. Take some time to read Ephesians 4:11-16, pray and then listen to the message.