“Speaking the Truth in Love”

“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”
(Ephesians 4:15)

I wonder, if when we preach or teach or witness to others, does the love of Christ and love for sinners come through in our words and in our countenance?

I am interested to know if our hearers detect from our presentation of the gospel of sovereign grace (whether in sermon or articles) the love, compassion, and pity we should feel; or do we come across as harsh, bitter, and with a critical spirit? Do we tend to take our disappointments in some and our conflicts with others into the pulpit or classroom or personal discussions and tear into everybody?

This is not the way of Christ. James said, “The wrath of man worketh NOT the righteousness of God.” It was His love that chose us, gave us repentance, and led us to faith; and if any other sinner is brought from darkness, death, and error to light, life, and truth, it will be by and through the love and grace of Christ.

We are quick to say that the whip of the law will not make a man righteous, but neither will the whip of doctrine make a man a believer.

Henry Mahan – 1986

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