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Speak Truth

August 20, 2017

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Speak Truth

Ephesians 4:25     Therefore,  laying aside falsehood,  speak truth,  each one of you,  with his neighbor,  for we are members  of one another.

Paul loved  the Christian congregation  he established  in Ephesus.     Most of them  had been Gentiles,  so Paul wrote this epistle  to the Ephesian congregation  to assure them  of God’s love  for them,  teach some basic doctrines  about Christ,  and rightly lead them  in their new Christian faith.

Just like the Ephesians,  we have fellow Christians  with all sorts  of backgrounds.     As we interact  with our fellow Christians,  we need  to lay aside  all falsehood  —  making sure  we only speak truth.

Just what is Paul getting at?

Paul wants us  to always be aware  that we are sure  to meet others,  even in Christian settings,  who don’t fully  know Christ.     Their way of thinking,  standards of morality,  and lifestyles  may not yet  be in line  with what Christ  has taught us.     In such situations,  Christians might be tempted  to just want  to “fit in”  with the others.     That “fitting in”  often prevents them  from being the kind  of Christian witness  they should be.

Paul wants us  to be aware  that we are members of one another.”     So often,  we forget  that we are all members  of a Christian community.     We have our growing faith  in common.     With that,  we sometimes don’t think  about the fact  that we are definitely all  in need  of salvation  from our sins.

Because the love of Christ  has made an impact on us,  we should let that show  in all  of our speech  and actions.     In other words,  as the opportunity presents itself,  we are  to speak the truth  about Christ  being the one and only Savior  of the world  —  and the kind of life  Jesus wants us  to live.

We should not be afraid  of standing up  for the truth.     When a fellow Christian  wants us  to approve  of his worldly lifestyle  and join him  in unchristian activities,  behaviors,  or speech,  we are not  to join him  because that would be  promoting a falsehood — the falsehood  of showing our acceptance  of unchristian behavior.

Even remaining silent  on a subject  can be interpreted  as acceptance.     Silence  can be a way  of promoting their falsehood.

So, Paul commands us  to boldly  speak truth only.     We are not  to skirt around the truth  or just refuse  to say anything  because we don’t want  to be offensive.     Why?

“Because we are members  of one another.”     Everyone  on this earth  is a sinner  in need  of the salvation  that is only through faith  in Christ.     In Matthew 19:19,  Jesus commanded,  “You shall love your neighbor  as yourself.”     That command is found  in a number of places  throughout the Bible.     It’s saying  “we are members  of one another” — we are all  in the same boat  and should take care  of each other.

It is love  that prompts us  to speak the truth  of the gospel  to everyone.      If we are following God’s command  to love our neighbors,  we will speak the truth  to them,  because the kind of love  we are supposed to have  will not want  any of them  to perish eternally.

We don’t know  how long  any of us has  to live here  on earth.     Our love makes us responsible  for the salvation  of our neighbors  before it is our time to die — or theirs.

We are not to “put on a front”  of either being neutral  or accepting  of sinful lifestyles.     Because we have the proven truths  of our salvation,  it behooves us  to speak truth  with our neighbors.     Our whole way  of living is  to be a witness.

If we don’t,  we are responsible  for their eternal demise.     Do we really want  to be responsible  for someone’s eternal damnation?

If they refuse to listen  to the truths we share,  they become responsible  for their own eternal welfare.     Then,  God will not hold us responsible  for their damnation.

So,  the most neighborly thing  we can do  is live  in the love  God has given us  in Christ,  and share those truths  at every given opportunity — all because  we are  in this life together.     “We are members  of one another.”

Then,  knowing we have lived  according to God’s love  for us,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     God’s love is precious.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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