Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
Ephesians 4:15

Did you know that your words could determine whether you are becoming more like Christ?

In the fourth chapter of Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, he encourages believers to be united as Christ’s body even with their diverse gifts. As they prepare to do the Lord’s work, the life of our Savior must be seen in their changed lives. As a believer grows to become more and more like Christ, the transformation will be noticeable in his or her words. The same is true with us now.

To show that Christ now lives in us, we need to be truthful with our words but also loving. Webster’s Dictionary defines truth as “conformity to fact or reality”. The truth could sometimes be straightforward or impersonal. (Just think about all the dates and places you might have encountered in History class—those facts are considered truth.) It could even be offensive especially to those who do not fully accept and understand it. Despite this, Jesus says that if we are truly His disciples, we will know the truth and it will set us free (John 8:32).  In order for us to show that His truth has set us free, we must also show the love that came with it.

Think of all the relationships that you value. The people we trust are the ones who can tell us the truth even if it might hurt us at first. Why can they do this? It is because we know that they love us and wouldn’t want us to go astray. The same goes with how we should relate with our fellow believers and even with those who still need to experience the goodness of Jesus. We must strive to always be honest while being kind. When we speak in loving truth, we build up others and show them the Lord’s goodness in our lives.

As we speak and live truthfully, God’s presence is seen at work in our lives. As we are being changed daily, may we never run out of words that speak truth and love to everyone around us.

Are you aware of how you speak? Do you think it is both loving and truthful? How can you use your words to show God’s love and truth?