The phrase, “speak the truth in love” is a familiar one. We usually equate it to speaking the truth in a loving, gentle and inoffensive way. While that is necessary, it is more important to know that speaking the truth in love is not just about “how” the truth is said but “why” it is said.
For many of us, speaking the truth is hard because we don’t want to offend the recipient and we wonder how they will receive it. This is because we focus more on what to say and how to say it instead of why we are saying it.
The reason you are saying the “truth” should be because you love (agape) this person and you want them to become a mature Christian (Christlike). If love is the reason why you are saying the truth, then you don’t have to worry about how you will sound, because the love in your heart will reflect and overflow in your speech even if it’s a bitter truth. But if you are saying the truth just to make a point, get attention, and sound like a Bible scholar, then definitely your speech won’t be full of love.
Are you more interested in saving a soul or being called savage? Let every truth you say lead people to the truth himself (Jesus) so they might be free. Let everything you do bring glory to God, not to you.
So, next time, before you upload, publish, send, share or say that truth, check your heart. “Am I saying/sharing this because I love others/God or because I want a little bit of savage attention?” Pray and get your heart right and your speech will be right too. #Itsaheartissue & #Itsallaboutlove
Have a wonderful day, family.