In Paul’s discussion of Body life and the gifts God has given to the church in Ephesians 4 he makes reference to the saints “speaking the truth in love.”
If you’re like me you’ve always held the primary notion that speaking the truth in love is something you do to non-Christian people, people who are deemed to be “lost” and in need of salvation. We are supposed to tell them the hard truth about their being a sinner in need of redemption by “speaking the truth in love.”
However, it occurred to me afresh in my meeting with the church today that the whole context for this action is not the world in general but the Body of Christ. Paul is addressing the saints, and he is telling them to speak the truth in love. To whom? Primarily to one another. The result of this speaking is that we help each other to grow up in all things into Christ our Head.
What is this truth we speak when we’re together? It is the truth of who we are in Christ and who He is to us. The affirmation that we are indeed a chosen race and a royal priesthood, seated with Him-even now-in the heavenlies, above every power that daily seeks to tear us down.
I don’t know about you, but I need that reminder. Not once a week, either, but every single day.