Truth Without Love Is Cruelty, But Love Without Truth Is Hypocrisy

“But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ…”
Ephesians 4:15 (NKJV)

JULY 16 - Before we ever begin to shine the light of correction upon another, we must first take the time to honestly evaluate whether or not we tell ourselves the truth. For instance, are we unapproachable about any area of our lives? Do we realize our own need for change? Jesus could not lie—it was utterly impossible! So when the Passover celebrations ended and the family traveled back to Nazareth, Jesus remained in the Temple, absorbed completely by the Word of God.

On the third day, when it was recognized that the boy was absent, His parents went back to search for Him. When asked about His actions, Jesus did not give excuses but simply questioned in return, “Didn’t you know I would be about My Father’s business?” God requires honesty with others. He may lead us to talk to someone who just doesn’t seem to understand the severity of his situation. If that person doesn’t recognize the potential consequences of his wrong behavior, we may come to the point where we cannot let the lie go on any longer—we must confront that person with the truth.

Proverbs 27:6 tells us, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend.” Many Christians want to spend all their time telling a person how great he is instead of loving him enough to tell him the truth he needs to hear, even if it hurts. Let us choose to be a true friend, speaking the truth in love, and working at building up one another in the things that matter to God. One last thing: Why not look to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 for the attitude we must possess so that we may begin to speak the truth in love?

Father, I thank You for revealing to me what I need to change about myself. As You do, I choose to be a faithful friend who speaks the truth in love.

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