Ephesians 4.25

Another to-do today based on what has been written before:

“Therefore, having laid aside falsehoodeach one of you speak the truth with his neighborbecause we are members of one another.”

(Ephesians 4.25, NET)

The new people that we are (v.24) are to speak the truth with one another (cf. Zechariah 8.16). This doesn’t give us carte blanche to say what we want in any way we want, but is rather an encouragement to have our Christian communities be marked and defined by truth. In the same way a physical body will alert itself to the dangers of, for example, touching something hot to prevent further damage, our Christian communities should be places where we can tell one another the truth to prevent further damage (Enduring Word).

By the same token we should be communities and people who say positive things when they need saying. All too often the world around us is quick to complain and slow to complement, quick to trash and slow to thank. This should absolutely not be the case among believing brothers and sisters because we are members of one another.

Very simply, our Christian communities should be places where, whether positive or preventative, important things are not left unsaid.

Think today about a truth that you can share with your believing brother or sister.

If you see someone heading towards danger, tell them.

If there is something positive to be said, say it, because we are members of one another.

Published by James Travis

Pastor of Saar Fellowship in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Married to Robyn and Dad to our two boys.

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