Why We Must Speak Truth, But Speak With Love And Edification
“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.”-1 Corinthians 13:1
We have all said things we didn’t mean. We have all said things we did mean, but they weren’t supposed to come out of our mouths. The feeling we all have after saying whatever it is we said is horrible.
However, there are times we say things that need to be said. There are times we have to do so. In certain situations the truth has to be spoken in order to create change or raise awareness.
When we decide to speak the truth, we have to be sure the way we share it is not only Christ honoring, but also honoring of the person being spoken to or about.
You see, even if the truth is hard, it doesn’t have to put someone down or make them feel worse about who they are.
We need to be willing to speak the truth into the lives of others, but we have to be wise about our delivery. There is a need to speak truth into situations, but we need to honor the people involved.
No matter what, people who claim Christ should speak truth, but they need to be sure to edify others.
That means, demeaning people who think differently should never happen. There might be a reason to believe an idea they have or a leader they follow is horrible, but in order to keep the relationship in tact and their self-image unharmed, we have to think about proper ways to discuss the matter.
Find a way to encourage them in their search for truth. Be willing to discuss the issue, but listen to their perspective. Humility has to come from the heart and be the first and foremost thought before speaking.
May we be bold enough to speak truth when necessary, but may we be humble enough to speak gently. May we remember other people are involved. May we respect other individuals with their ideas.
Peace and blessings friends.
QUESTION: How do you like to be told about things you need to change?