‘…we will hold to the truth in love…’ Ephesians 4:15 NLT
A teenager who’d just obtained his driver’s licence told his parents he was meeting his friends at a restaurant. But this particular restaurant had several locations and his friends were at one 100 km away. They say, ‘What you don’t expose, will expose you.’ Unfortunately, his parents went shopping in that area the same evening. Imagine his thoughts when he stopped at an intersection, looked over, and saw his mum giving him that ‘look’ parents reserve for the worst offences! We need to set ‘…forth the truth plainly [so] we commend ourselves to every…conscience in the sight of God.’ (2 Corinthians 4:2 NIV); speak the plain, unembellished truth, so people know ‘…there is nothing written between the lines…’ (2 Corinthians 1:13 NLT) There are statements we instinctively disbelieve, like: ‘The cheque is in the post… the puppy won’t be any trouble… I won’t tell anybody.’ Then there are ‘…lies so clever they sound like the truth.’ (Ephesians 4:14 NLT) For example, we want to be the good guy, so we leave out information that might put us in a bad light. Or to avoid upsetting somebody we stretch the truth. One Bible teacher writes, ‘Solving problems in a relationship is one of the most important skills you’ll ever learn. It makes for a successful family life, career, education, and social life. Unless we have these skills we’ll never be truly happy. When you have a problem with someone, state it in a gentle, positive way. If you don’t start right you’ll have little hope of ending right.’ So, ‘…hold to the truth in love’.
SoulFood: Deut 1-2, Matt 11:20-30, Ps 42:6-11, Pr 16:17-19
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2011