I have just finished reading through Ephesians and a particular passage that struck me in a fresh way was Ephesians 4:15-16:

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

We’re called to be “speaking the truth in love” so as “to grow up…into him.”  Our growth in Christ is a community project, andthere is much more to “speaking the truth in love” than just talking about truth.  The Greek could more precisely be translated “truthing in love.”  The speech aspect is implied.  What I took from this is that we are to be seeking to speak truth gently to our brothers and sisters in Christ, while also aggressively pursuing truth from them in love.  We want to hear truth about ourselves, but we also need to hear truth about the Gospel, truth about Christ, and truth about the cross.  We suffer greatly from short-term memory loss when it comes to our own sin and remembering God’s promises, so we need others constantly truthing us with love.  This is how God has designed us.  When we fail to speak and seek truth to/for/from others then we’re destined for failure.  The picture below illustrates this:

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