I often struggle with the amped-up ugly interactions that are so prevalent in our current society.
I’ve prayerfully asked God to help me look past my own agitation and choose my words here carefully.
And I’d like to ask you a question…
What’s most important?
Popularity? Recognition? Your opinion? Your friend’s opinions? Or the truth?
It’s hard to know the truth when…
We watch the news and hear opinions presented as facts.
We scroll through Facebook and see viewpoints presented as undeniable accuracy.
We scroll through Twitter, TikTok, or any other social media platform and find snippets of thought shared as the whole unquestionable story.
The other day as I was reading Scripture, this verse practically jumped off the page:
You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, that it would give grace to those who hear.Ephesians 4:29 (NCV)
And what builds people up? Well, Paul wrote earlier in this chapter…
Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his bodyEphesians 4:14–15
Every day you and I choose what we’re going to believe and say . . . what’s important to us.
The Life Application Bible Notes say the following about “speaking the truth in love.”
Some of us are fairly good at speaking the truth but we forget to be loving. Some of us are good at being loving but we don’t have it in us to speak the truth when it is painful.
I wonder if there is an important aspect of Paul’s words that we tend to forget.
We have to KNOW the TRUTH to speak the truth.
We need to KNOW Jesus, the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life.
We look away from the natural realm and we focus our attention and expectation onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because His heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be His, He endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!Hebrews 12:2
That is the TRUTH we speak! The rest—the opinions we argue about—is all temporary.
Will you join me today and prayerfully make a commitment to…
- Focus on Jesus.
- KNOW His TRUTH.
- Speak His Truth in love.
- And PRAY that all God’s Children will build up the Kingdom by speaking only what is beneficial.
A Prayer to Know & Speak the Truth
that Helps Eternally
Father, my heart hurts when I scroll through social media and see the way people shout their opinions whether they are the truth or not. It makes me sad to listen to speculation hyped as fact leaving people confused, frustrated, and at odds with one another.
We need to know and focus on the things that are important. We need You. We need to focus on the truth that never changes and lasts forever. We need Your TRUTH. We need Your LOVE.
Please fill me with the love of Christ Jesus. With Your Spirit’s help, I commit to faithfully spending time in Your Word and prayer. I want to “be still and know” You, Lord. I want to KNOW Your TRUTH. And I want to speak Your Truth in love. I want everyone I meet to see You in me. I want to speak the truth that is able to unite hearts and minds . . . the truth that helps eternally. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
A quote from my morning devotions has been filling my heart and mind lately…
“We love others best when we love God most.” ~ Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan
And I need God’s help to love the way He commands. I need His help to speak the truth that helps and builds up. I need His help to choose my words carefully so that I might reflect His love.
Praise God! He invites us to come to Him when we need His grace, mercy, and help…
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.Hebrews 4:16
May God be with you and bless you as you SEEK to KNOW GOD’S TRUTH.
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