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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. Looking at the context of Ephesians , however, gives us deeper insight on what it means to “speak the truth in love.” In the verses prior to the command to.
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Examples of this abound. Maybe the most infamous example is the untruthful response of the serpent Satan in the Garden of Eden. Satan contradicted God with the first lie recorded in the pages of Scripture.
It was, in fact, a twisted untruth. They did take of the forbidden fruit, and their eyes were opened Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.
When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources,for he is a liar and the father of it. The false prophets claimed to love the people of Judah; but had their love been real, they would have told them to change their ways and repent before God. It was left to the prophet Jeremiah, one who really loved God and the people, to give the tough message.
He passionately preached that they needed to change their way of life. When we are motivated by love—genuine, godly concern for others—we choose our words carefully, thoughtfully. Is it possible to claim we love someone and lie to them? Can falsity be sugar-coated and peddled as if it were truth? Consider for a moment a famous letter written by an 8-year-old girl to a newspaper back in The letter has become legendary. So she sat down and wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper, which prompted an editorial dated Sept.
The purpose of the editorial was to reassure a little girl concerning the existence of Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight.
The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. No doubt the author of this famous editorial would have claimed he acted in love. Yet is it really love if the claim is false? Not according to the Word of God. Is it possible to tell the truth out of a wrong motivation?
Yes, but such wrong motives lead to negative consequences—sometimes to the target of the message, and always to the malevolent speaker. In the New Testament the apostle Paul wrote from his miserable prison experience of those who preached at least part of the message of the true gospel, but out of the wrong motive. God judges the hearts.