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Issue 2012 #4
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Speak the Truth in Love
I'm a grandmother to 3 wonderful toddlers. They delight me with their exploration of the world, with their trusting natures and generous love. I love them from a place deep within my heart that I didn't know existed until they entered my life. This has given me a deeper glimpse into God's heart.
I love to tell them stories. I speak loving words of affirmation of their character and interests. I have insights into who my grandchildren are because I know their heritage roots and sense their wonderful possibilities.
Paul loved the Ephesian church, and he also has a vision of her wonderful possibilities. Paul tells them in Ephesians 4, they are to "be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love" (v. 2). They are to recognize that "God has given His grace to each one of us" (v. 7). God provided them with pastors and teachers to equip them so that they become mature,"fully grown, measured by the standard of the fullness of Christ" (v. 14). Instead of tossed and blown around, deceived by the tricks people play to deliberately mislead others (v.14 b) Paul invites them, "by speaking the truth with love, [to] grow in every way into Christ, who is the head" (v. 15).
Paul's challenge is to be one, to be mature. We are to grow into Christ by speaking the truth in love. But how are we to speak the truth in love?
I propose that we tell one another stories, as I do with my grandchildren. Stories of our heritage and what it means to be part of the family of God. What it means to have a heavenly Father who loves us in spite of our poor behavior and our bickering. We should tell stories of how we have seen our brother or sister in Christ become more like their Father in heaven. We should remind each other of how far we've come as we make the journey from a person estranged from God, to a person who has been saved and is becoming more like their Saviour. We will lovingly remind one another of the truth that we are children of God and ought to live in that manner.
So many of us need affirmations of truth spoken into our lives. You belong, (John 1:12-13). You are beautiful, (Psalm 45:11). You were created for a purpose, (Jeremiah 29:11). You are forgiven, (Ephesians 1:7-8). You are chosen, (John 15:16). These are just a few of the truths that we need to speak to one another in love.