Truth + Love

What does the Bible say about telling the truth?  It’s pretty simple: speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:16).

What is truth? That’s the very question Pilate asked Jesus just before he handed Him over to be crucified. Great question. Here’s what the Bible says:

  • “I, the Lord, speak the truth.” Isaiah 45:19
  • “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
  • Jesus said: “I came into the world to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 14:37
  • “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
  • God “wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4

Unfortunately, the world isn’t a big fan of truth:

  • “They perished because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” Ephesians 2:10
  • “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator.” Romans 1:25

The Bible says to “stand firm” with the “belt of truth buckled around your waist” (Ephesians 6:14). In other words, if you don’t have the truth, your pants are falling down — spiritually speaking.

OK, so that’s the truth. But how do I speak it in love? Just like Jesus: with gentleness, patience, kindness and respect.

SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE

Thoughts to Think

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.  Philippians 4:8

This is a great verse to keep in mind.  Literally.

Try to fill your head with things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy.  If a thought doesn’t fit one of those categories, don’t think it.

Want a good place to start?  Think about Jesus.

THINK GOOD THOUGHTS