Scripture(s): Proverbs 12:22NLT The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.
Ephesians 4:15 NLT Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
Devotional: Have you ever considered that one of the ways you grow as a follower of Jesus Christ is to speak the truth in love? It is God’s delight that we would speak the truth to one another at all times. But let’s be honest – sometimes that’s really hard. We don’t want to hurt someone else’s feelings, or we don’t want to expose ourselves.
Proverbs 27:6 tells us that wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. In other words, sometimes the truth hurts. But when you really care about someone, truthfulness is a loving act when done with a loving motivation and in a loving manner.
This kind of truth telling takes supernatural power. And it takes living your life free from fear. Because so often, it is fear that keeps us from telling the truth. But Scripture tells us, there is no fear in love, perfect love casts out fear.(1 John 4:18)
- Pay attention today to opportunities you have to speak the truth in love to others. Ask God for the strength and courage to do so. And when you feel fear in the midst of it, remember that fear and love cannot co-exist, so let love win.