Speaking The Truth In Love

This might be the most important page on this website. Ephesians 4:14-16 14  Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16  From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. In the context of guarding young Christians against being tossed about by every wind of false teaching, God tells the church to speak the truth in love. The Christian’s example of doing just that is Jesus. Unfortunately, it is true that Christians have not always spoken on the issue of sexual preference in love. Some “Christian” responses have been harsh and condemning. The Christ-like response is to speak the truth in love. Truth without love is not the Christian way. But equally, some Christians are very loving but refuse to speak the truth. That response is equally unchristian and equally lamentable. If ever there was need to protect Christians from false teaching, it is now and it is on this issue. God’s answer is to speak the truth in love. In that way, the church will grow to maturity. We can reasonably conclude that where there is not love, and where there is not truth, the church will remain immature. Speaking the truth means agreeing with God that homosexual acts are sinful. Speaking that truth in love means truly desiring that all people caught in that sin come to faith in Jesus and repent, thus finding salvation and victory. The Christian longs for the salvation of the practising homosexual; treats that person lovingly and goes out of his/her way to seek to persuade the homosexual to find salvation in Jesus. The message must always be the truth as revealed by God. The motivation must always be love as demonstrated by God. Proverbs 27:5-6 Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

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In broad terms, Section 2 (“The Bible and Homosexuality”) is about the truth of the sinfulness of homosexual acts. Section 3 (“The Gospel and Homosexuality”) is about the love of God for all sinners and His desire that we come to repentance and faith. That is overly simplistic because the gospel of God’s love is also, of course, found in the Bible. The Bible itself contains both facets; it speaks the truth in love. The next few pages focus on the centrality of love. Please be sure to read those.
© 2017 Peter Cheyne
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This might be the most important page on this website. Ephesians 4:14-16 14  Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16  From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. In the context of guarding young Christians against being tossed about by every wind of false teaching, God tells the church to speak the truth in love. The Christian’s example of doing just that is Jesus. Unfortunately, it is true that Christians have not always spoken on the issue of sexual preference in love. Some “Christian” responses have been harsh and condemning. The Christ-like response is to speak the truth in love. Truth without love is not the Christian way. But equally, some Christians are very loving but refuse to speak the truth. That response is equally unchristian and equally lamentable. If ever there was need to protect Christians from false teaching, it is now and it is on this issue. God’s answer is to speak the truth in love. In that way, the church will grow to maturity. We can reasonably conclude that where there is not love, and where there is not truth, the church will remain immature. Speaking the truth means agreeing with God that homosexual acts are sinful. Speaking that truth in love means truly desiring that all people caught in that sin come to faith in Jesus and repent, thus finding salvation and victory. The Christian longs for the salvation of the practising homosexual; treats that person lovingly and goes out of his/her way to seek to persuade the homosexual to find salvation in Jesus. The message must always be the truth as revealed by God. The motivation must always be love as demonstrated by God. Proverbs 27:5-6 Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

Related pages

In broad terms, Section 2 (“The Bible and Homosexuality”) is about the truth of the sinfulness of homosexual acts. Section 3 (“The Gospel and Homosexuality”) is about the love of God for all sinners and His desire that we come to repentance and faith. That is overly simplistic because the gospel of God’s love is also, of course, found in the Bible. The Bible itself contains both facets; it speaks the truth in love. The next few pages focus on the centrality of love. Please be sure to read those.
© Peter Cheyne 2017.
A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality
Truth In Love
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