So often the Scripture in Ephesians 4:15, “speaking the truth in love” is used as a tug-of-war by two opposing sides. Should we speak the “truth” to people (usually the speaker is referring to a hard and difficult truth they want to convey) or, should we just “love” people. The arguments on the two sides go this way: Side One: “If we really love them we will tell them this hard truth.” Side Two: “Love is more important than anyone’s version of truth”.
But the Scriptures don’t pit truth and love as oppositional.
I think that the error begins when we assume that the truth in question must, of course, be a hard and difficult truth. While sometimes that may be true, it’s just as often good news. The good news of the Messiah Yeshua.
What a gift to be able to share the truth of this good news, with great love.
Here are some truths to share with love:
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
So let’s start sharing the truth of the Good News, and share it in love.
Mary Ann Offenstein
Founder and Director of Operations
FaithPrayers National Prayer Line