HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
3. Use the truth tactfully.
The Bible never tells us to use the truth as a club. In fact, Ephesians 4:15 says, “Speak the truth in a spirit of love”(GNB).
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: (KJV)
People change faster and easier when the truth is wrapped in love. Truth without love is always seen as an attack.
Without love, all of our actions mean nothing. If you don’t love the people you’re sharing the truth with, stop sharing it. You’re just a sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal (1 Corinthians 13). Your truth-telling will never produce lasting fruit.
If you’re just trying to get something off your chest, you’re not speaking in love. Just because you’re willing to share the truth doesn’t mean the other person is ready to hear it.
The solution to any conflict in your ministry or your family is not deception; it’s tact. You can use your words to heal or hurt, make a point or make an enemy.
TO BE CONTINUED ……