Unity Tells The Truth In Love
Jul 20, 2021 | by Tom Harrison
The chorus to Billy Joel’s song “Honesty” says, “Honesty is such a lonely word. Everyone is so untrue. Honesty is hardly ever heard. And mostly what I need from you.”
One way unity is built is by “telling the truth in love.” Our text this week begins with these words from Ephesians 4:15. Repeatedly, Jesus spoke the truth out of His love for people. His conversations were not always warm and fuzzy cliches like “Stay the way you are, and you’ll go far.” As is said, “Jesus comforted the afflicted and afflicted the comfortable.”
Some of us are great about telling the truth, but have little humility, kindness and love. Some delight in “telling others off.” However, probably more of us only want to speak “in love” – or in sweet, complimentary terms. This creates a false peace. Telling the truth in love can be a real challenge.
We grow up in maturity and grow together in unity. Jesus said, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.” (Matthew 12:25) For a team to win, the individuals must function as a unit. The church, like the body, must cooperate with one another and not compete against itself (i.e., “cancer”). However, unity for the sake of unity is not THE goal. Unity IN CHRIST is the goal. Scripture points us to Christ. He is the head of the Church. That is our core.
“Telling the truth in love” begins with listening. Too often we think we know all the facts, when in fact, our assumptions can be partially or completely wrong. We should seek to understand another’s point of view before we are understood. It recognizes that people do not have to agree on every issue to be united. Unity is good. Unity in Christ is best.
Here our readings this week:
Monday: Ephesians 4:15-16
Tuesday: Matthew 5:21-26
Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Thursday: 2 Corinthians 13:5-14
Friday: Galatians 2:11-14
Saturday: 1 Peter 1:22-25
Sunday: Ephesians 4:15-16
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