What I Read Today;
Ephesians 4; Luke 11; Isaiah 22; Psalm 55; Numbers 7-8
I have an issue with the misuse of Ephesians 4:15 in our world today. The verse goes like this, “But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.”
You are probably wondering what the heck my issue is.
I duck every time I hear someone repeat that verse. When this verse is used, someone almost always gets hurt. Most of the time, when people use this verse, they are trying to exert some sort of power over another person.
Let’s look at two words in this verse:
- Simply this means to speak the truth. But in my word study bible, it goes on to say, “real, actual, not counterfeit, to act truly, speak the truth, be sincere.”
Doesn’t seem to be much of a problem there, right?
Now let’s look at the word Love:
- The word used here is the Hebrew word Agape. As a noun, this means, Love, affectionate regard, goodwill, benevolence.
- It also means the Love of God, the Love of the Spirit, or of Christ.
If we are trying to point out someone’s shortcomings, but they can’t see God’s Love, then we are doing it wrong.
If we are self-righteous and not genuine about how God has forgiven us, so that makes us no better than the other person, we are doing it wrong.
Before you go and point out someone else’s flaws, check your attitude at the door. What is your purpose for making this journey? Are you trying to honestly help the other person, or are you trying to force your will on them?
Ask yourself, “Would God really approve of what I’m doing?”