Friday, August 07, 2009

Speaking Truth in Love

I'm working on Ephesians 4:25-5:2 for my sermon this week. It struck me as I was working on this passage that there is a contrast here between speaking truth and anger. The thought occurred to me that, while we may say what's really on our minds when we're angry, that doesn't mean we're speaking "truth." It seems to me that Paul's perspective is that you can only speak "truth" from a motivation of love (Eph. 4:15). When we speak "truth" we speak "what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear" (Eph. 4:29). I think most of us rarely do that when we're angry.

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