“Speak the truth in love”
(Ephesians 4:2, 15 NLT)
It is not easy to speak the truth. In fact, most of the time, we don’t even know what the truth is. We are so used to covering it up, rationalizing it away, or white washing it, that getting down to the core truth is difficult.
I think the most challenging thing about being in a relationship with God is that he is always getting down to the truth. He is not satisfied with any falsehood residing with his loved ones. He searches, probes and exposes the truth. Then he challenges us to do the same in ourselves and the relationships we live in.
Before you can speak the truth, you have to know what it is.
Then, speak up.
Open your mouth and be brave.
But there is more: speak the truth in love.
Don’t open your mouth and be brave until you can do it from a motivation of love. Not the emotion of love, but the commitment that it is.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV)
My challenge for you is this: in every situation, conversation and relationship, speak the truth in love.
Then do it every day, one day at a time.
It is a life changer.