"but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,"
The word "but" is important. It connects who we are in Christ to the prior verse that explains who we are NOT to be: children carried about by every wind of false doctrine. In other words, as a vessel at sea, we are sailing through the rough waters of life. Storms of false teachings beat against our sails. BUT we keep our course. Our eyes are on the heavenly shore of Christ's Kingdom. Rather than be blown off course, we study God's Word and then speak the truth in love. Unfortunately, some will try to silence us. But we are to continue to speak the truth in love. It is our calling. It is our purpose to represent Christ as we sail to the heavenly shores.
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us the responsibility to represent You. Thank You for the reminder that we ARE TO SPEAK THE TRUTH, even though it may not be popular or politically correct. Help us be faithful and bold to speak the truth of Your Word; but to always speak it in love.
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