Ephesians 4:15 (KJV) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.
The baby, who could not speak, should grow up to learn “to speak the truth in love.” Speaking the truth is speaking the Word. Speaking the Word of God is one of the greatest keys in the Christian life to answered prayers, effective confessions, and mastering the thoughts. When we become full of the Word of God, it comes out of us in two ways– words and deeds.
Colossians 3:16-17 admonish us thus: Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use it to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through Him (Christ) to God the Father.
Speaking the Word is important, and doing it in love is of greater importance. Many people speak the Word of God to tear other believers apart and to set them straight. The spoken Word is a sword (Ephesians 6:17), not to be used on other believers but against Satan and his devices.
When we use the Word on other believers, it should be to help remove the problem and preserve and care for the person. All of this is part of the growing up process God has for us to move from babyhood—spiritual immaturity—to the fullness of the stature of Christ. Jesus is our example and our goal for maturity. We are to “grow up in all things [areas] into him [Christ]” who is “the head of the church” (Ephesians 5:23).
As you go into today, remember that we must speak the truth in love always.
Prayer: Father, help me to be sincere in my dealings with others and to walk in love daily
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