We all know that love covers a broad spectrum and that it is the very center of God Himself. The Apostle Paul gives as yet another angle of love here in Ephesians 4:25-32. “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.” (Ephesians 4:25)
Here Paul describes the proper process of growth in Christ. In contrast to being misled by false teachers we are to speak the truth in love. Speaking truth describes that which is true and so is in accordance with what actually happened. It describes the reality lying at the basis of an appearance. Meaning, to be honest, be true, in doctrine and profession, act genuinely. This verb is difficult to translate into English but is literally “TRUTHING IN LOVE” which has the idea of maintaining truth in love in both speech and life (WALKING IN A TRUTHFUL WAY). So we are not just speaking the truth but doing it and this is the recipe by which we grow in Christ. Speaking the truth pictures the right doctrine. In love, pictures the right spirit or attitude. We ought to have a great love of the truth and we also ought to do the truth, but we must do the truth in love. Truth without love is brutality, but love without truth is hypocrisy.
I love the little story of Howard Moody Morgan. G. Campbell Morgan had a number of children. Four or five of them grew up and went into the ministry. Mr. Morgan was an outstanding expositor. They all were interested in the Bible. They were having a discussion around the table one time about what was the best Bible translation. And this was many years ago, and I don’t know the translation they were talking about, but I do know that Mr. Morgan used the American Standard Version. And so he undoubtedly, spoke for that. And the English Revised Version was also used. Somebody probably spoke for that and several other translations. And finally, Howard Moody Morgan, who also became a minister and was a minister at this time, spoke up and said “Well the translation I like best is mother’s translation!” And what he meant by that was, simply, his mother’s Christian life! And the way in which she translated the truth into Christian living. Well, that’s what I think Paul means when he says “speaking the truth in love to every man!” What a great example for us to live out, so let’s walk in it and see the difference that it will make in our lives and those around us.