Speak Truth in Love

We serve a God of truth. Honesty, integrity, and a firm footing in eternal truths mark a genuine believer in Jesus Christ. We are warned against speaking lies in the Ten Commandments. We are told to worship in spirit and in truth by Jesus in John 4. Jesus later says the truth sets us free in John 8, claiming to be truth in John 14, and declares the Father’s word to be truth in John 17.

As Christians, we are to stand on truth and for truth in every area of our lives. We do not bend at the whims of society, politics, or popular culture. As the old cliché rightly warns, “If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.”

But how we communicate that truth and address that truth is also necessary to consider. Paul encourages his readers to speak truth in love (Eph. 4:15), and as he continues to challenge the church to put away falsehoods (Eph. 4:25), he addresses the tone of our speech:

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Eph. 4:29).

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 4:31-32).

We must stand for truth. We must not waver. But if the content of our words does not match the attitude by which we communicate, we miss the point.

Let us be known as a people who speak truth with love and grace. To our brothers and sisters in Christ, who have been bought with the blood of Jesus as we ourselves were, let us encourage and edify as we speak truth. To our fellow image-bearers of God, who have yet to believe on His name and will spend an eternity in torment if that remains unchanged, let us be careful to represent well the One who willingly died for us while we ourselves were still sinners (Rom. 5:8).
Rev. Evan Alexander