Key Verse: Verse 15 - "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:"
Key Words: grow up into him
We know the truth to be God’s Word (John 17:17) and we know we are to always speak the truth with love. But did you know that when we speak God’s Word (the truth) in love that it grows us spiritually; it aids in our spiritual maturity?
I’ve got a grandson who, when he disagrees with what is said or done, becomes angry and you can tell by the tone of his voice and his choice of words that he isn’t speaking in love. But what do you expect? He’s only four! I know some forty-four year-olds who are only spiritually around four. You can tell by the way they speak. They need to grow up spiritually. It should become a conscious act on our part to speak the truth in love. It shows our maturity in the Lord, but it also aids us in our continuing growth in the Lord.
Aesop, the ancient story-teller, told this fable. Once upon a time, a donkey found a lion’s skin. He tried it on, strutted around and frightened many animals. Soon a fox came along and the donkey tried to scare him too. But the fox, hearing the donkey’s voice, said, “If you want to terrify me, you’ll have to disguise your bray.” Aesop’s moral: clothes may disguise you, but your words will give you away.
One may disguise themselves as being “mature spiritually” but if one is not mature, eventually their words will give them away.
What to do:
✞ Speak the truth in love. It will aid in maturing you in the Lord.
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