“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.”
-Ephesians 4:15

Did you know Jesus loved the moneychangers? He did. And did you know Jesus loved Judas, his ultimate betrayer? And did you know Jesus loved the Pharisees, who judged and spoke against him? He did.

For all of these people, he wanted the best for them and he would have done anything to see them completely renovated and transformed. He wanted to see them saved. He wanted to see them in heaven. His whole heart was about loving these people and that’s why it wasn’t difficult for him to say the loving things he said to them.

If you lie to people to spare their feelings and don’t tell them the truth, you don’t love them. Jesus loved people, those who had his best interests at heart and those who didn’t, and his love was apparent in every way in all of his actions.

Prayer: Dear Lord, may I be like you, loving others, be they for or against me. May I always tell the truth in love. Amen.

Reflection: Describe when you have had to tell a hard truth to someone. Were you able to do it in love?

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