July 30

Ephesians 4:11-16

“We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming.” vs. 14

Not so long ago, as we began to enter the Age of Computers, there were some who hoped that the rapid dissemination of information and news would usher in a time of unity and peace. Since virtually everyone had instant access to all the accumulated knowledge of historians, scientists, theologians, and scholars, surely we would find in that knowledge a common truth that would lead to understanding and harmony. By now, of course, we know that such dreams were ridiculous. We now live in an age of mistrust and division. Politicians use alternative facts as a matter of policy, and there will always be a source to back them up. One person’s truth is another person’s lie, and seldom will anyone ever admit to doing or saying anything wrong. Truly, we have elevated the craft of deceitful scheming to a level that even Paul could not have anticipated. Paul calls us to disengage with that childish world of trickery and deceit and act like adults in being the Light of Christ. We are to speak the truth in love and seek to build people up and not tear them down. That’s not always easy–the truth can be elusive. But we know whether our words are loving or not–our hearts will tell us. And when love guides our words they will always bring healing, even if at first they might hurt.

Thought for the Day: Why does the truth sometimes hurt?

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