“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15, NIV84)
Again we look at the connectedness between truth and love. Paul says that he is committed to speaking the truth in love. Truth alone is a point waiting for a counterpoint. It is an abstract concept for the mind to wrestle with. Truth spoken in love reveals something greater than the truth itself. It reveals the heart of God, and by revealing the heart of God, you can engage not only the head but the heart of everyone caught in the discussion. This is a power that most people in our society just don’t understand today. There is truth with a heart. Absolute truth requires more than cognitive ascent. It requires the ascent of our entire being (body, mind and soul).
Truth separated from love makes any statement appear to be the notion of the speaker. Paul clearly says that as he and others commit themselves to speaking the truth in love, they grow up in submission to Christ as their head. At the end of the day, this is about Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life. When we acknowledge truth’s existence in our life, we are acknowledging the impact that Jesus has had on our entire life. We don’t just speak the truth in love, we also strive to live the truth in love. This requires us to have been touched by the truth and love of Jesus.
Today, let’s wrap our truthful words and lives in the love Jesus!