God spoke His truth to me in Love: Calvary
What does this mean to me? It is to be my example, the standard for my tongue, but already by the time you read this, how many times will I have said some unkind word or allowed my pride to blurt out facts or information that are published in an unruly way? Too often, I’m afraid. I am convicted with even writing on this subject, but do I allow my tongue to be “reigned in” under the control of my Lord?
James knew about this as the Holy Spirit inspired him to write these words: “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (Jms. 3:8). How many times have we made God’s words infallible on this point?!?! If you’re anything like me, probably daily! So we are reminded to speak the truth in love: “but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things…“ (Eph.4:15).
How do you speak the truth? Is it spoken in bitterness, hurt, pride, spoiled sarcasm or jealousy? If we lack to speak in love, we are indeed speaking truth as fact, but that is all –our motives lie. Think of it this way, if Jesus had died for the world because He had to, –because it was the right thing to do– but with bitterness towards us, would it have accomplished His Father’s will? Absolutely not. He desired to show the same love His father had shown. Spoken love resounded in these words: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do…” In the same way, when we speak truth, what do we accomplish if we are giving truth, but at the same time radiating a proud message to the recipient?
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains, but have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not charity, it profiteth me nothing…And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”