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Devotional - week of March 24, 2002


TRUTH WRAPPED IN LOVE

  … but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ … Ephesians 4:15

As we grow up in all things into Christ, we experience Christian growth in every area of our lives.

When pastors want their members to grow as believers, they give them new truth wrapped in love.

When teachers of the Bible want their students to grow in their Christian lives, they give them new truth wrapped in love.

When mentors want their disciples to grow in the Lord, they give them new truth wrapped in love.

While exhortation is a Christian responsibility, endless exhortations without new truth wrapped in love doesn’t result in Christian growth.

It goes without saying that the truth we need to speak is truth from the Scriptures. This first of all means knowledge of the Scriptures through trusting the Holy Spirit to give new light as we read and study.

And Galatians 5:22 makes plain how all believers—including Christian teachers—may have an abundance of love:

… the fruit of the Spirit is love …

Christian workers are instruments of growth as they—through Spirit-filled living—provide new light from God’s word wrapped in love.

We will experience the filling of the Spirit as we continue to live out the new creation life of crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.