But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head — Christ.
Ephesians 4:15 (CSB)
Every month of 2020, we feature the Love Over All theme verse on the first Sunday of the month. We love everything about Love Over All (read more about it here) and can’t wait to share these amazing verses and ways to live them out with you!
July’s theme is Love Speaks.
We often equate “speaking the truth in love” with polite gentleness. But truth, even spoken in love, can still hurt. When our eyes are opened to see our weaknesses and blind spots, it pains us to recognize where we’ve been wrong.
Truth convicts us of what we’ve tried to ignore or deny, and having someone point that out to us is love.
Love speaks when people aren’t being treated equally and with dignity. Love speaks when those in power abuse their authority and hurt others. Love speaks when ignorant and racist things are said. Love speaks because unity and diversity in the body of Christ is the dream and getting there is hard work.
Sometimes speaking in love requires courage. What does it mean to love someone deep enough to speak the truth? To love them more than I love their friendship? To love them over all?
This is the kind of love that puts others before themselves. This is the love that speaks truth, kindness, and hope.
Love doesn’t stay silent but speaks up — shouts loud even — so truth can be heard and learned. And when love speaks, may we have ears to hear.
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