Message and Manner
Eph. 4:15 – “but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ.”
The context of this is, Paul writing about the perfect provisions God has made available for the spread of the gospel and the growth of those who respond. As we use what God has generously provided for our salvation, we should speak the truth. That’s part of growth. Our growth and the growth of others who need the truth as much as we do.
But speaking the truth must never be just the cold, mechanical repeating of data. And it must never been spoken with a tone of hatred toward the listener.
This is about two things: what is spoken (the truth), and the manner of the speaker (in love). When I preach, when you visit with family, friends or co-workers, we must not only have the right message but deliver it in the right manner. Check both your message and your manner!
- I’m preaching on Facebook Live this morning, 10:30 am – Laurel Heights Church of Christ.