Ephesians 4:14,15 says: “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ.” This is the stability that can be found in following the scriptures and applying them to our lives. We should no be longer tossed to and fro with the fleeting philosophies of men, but be well grounded in the truth as a firm foundation in our lives. The word speaking here means professing the truth and we do this not only verbally, but by living the truth in our lives.
The truth here means the truth of the gospel and not only telling the truth in everything we do. Paul deals with speaking the truth in general in verse 25 of the chapter: ” Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor”. We should be sure that we do not lie to others and that only truth comes out of our mouth. We should strive to be godly and god-like and we know that God cannot lie (Titus 1:2).
Part of this telling the truth means speaking the truth of the gospel and letting all who will hear know that God is, that He is the creator of all things and that He sent His son to die as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Truth should be such a part of our lives that we cannot imagine or think beyond what we find written in the scriptures.
Any fantasy of men that is opposed to scripture should have no place with us. We should be all about God and His revealed word and give no place to the philosophies of men that can only toss us to and fro spiritually and have no basis in truth.
Our attitude toward sharing the truth should be “in love.” We speak the truth to others not hitting them over the head with it or trying to force it on them, but because we love them and want all to be saved, just as God also does the same. If we are to reach others with the truth we must have a godly attitude and approach them with an attitude of love or our efforts are wasted at any rate.
First, we must be firmly grounded in the truth and not speak it to others because we are trying to justify our own beliefs to them. It is true that by sharing with others we grow ourselves. As Paul says in verse 15, we speak the truth in love, that we may grow up in all things.
If we are not willing to share our hope in Christ with others are we sure that we fully believe ourselves? We grow by learning to speak the truth to others and become stronger ourselves in doing so, but we should be sure that we do so because we love others and wish for them to be saved and to have the same hope that so enriches our own lives.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). We must learn to love others as God does, though our love could not be as great as His, and speak the truth to them from this prospective, not allowing human tendencies of envy, strife, jealousy and the like to enter into it.
This is not always easy to do, but we can learn this godly attitude through practice and so share the gospel in a way that may actually bear fruit in the lives of others. We want to go to heaven once this life is over and because we love others, help as many as we can do the same thing. If we cannot speak the truth in love, it is probably better that we just keep silent until we learn to love others as we should.
Our God is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). Let’s learn to speak the truth with this perspective in our heart and minds and we might just do some good laboring for God’s kingdom. Let’s learn to speak the truth always and often and with a godly attitude of love, so that we can become more like our God and His Son. That is the only way we may grow up into Him who is the head. Without love we will be merely beating our heads against the wall, so to speak.
May God bless and keep you until next time.