How to “Speak the Truth in Love”
by Logan Judy
“Love” is a word that has become muddled thanks to cultural slogans and idioms. This includes “free love” and “love wins,” but also “tough love,” the sentiment behind the similar idea of “telling it like it is.” How can we navigate all of these in telling the truth in love?
Speak the Truth
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” – Eph. 4:15
Ephesians actually has quite a bit to say about how we talk. The centerpiece of chapters 4-6 is truth itself. 4:1 refers to walking according to our calling, and that is based on the truth of the gospel, contrasted with the falsehood of secularism and idolatry (4:14, 18, 21, 25, and so on).
This is why it is so critical that speaking the truth in itself does happen; we cannot shy away from spiritual discussions because they are uncomfortable…