October 28

   Reflection

 

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.
Eph 4:15

 

If we take this text from Paul and look at it in a practical way rather than a theological one, it is interesting to see that speaking the truth is linked with becoming mature. In our everyday living, it is often difficult to speak the truth in love. When things become particularly irksome, we may think, ”Life would be easy if it weren’t for people!” It takes strength and maturity to be truthful with others whose behavior is fracturing community or blocking the accomplishment of a task or simply inadequate and unhelpful to the group. To say this not in annoyance and anger but in a manner that states the problem but does not take away the dignity of the other requires maturity and love in the gospel sense. It is so much easier to let it gnaw inside or blurt out angry words. It is so difficult when having tried there are no visible results. Yet, if we try, if we continue to be consistent ourselves in living our truth and growing in self-knowledge, if we can hear what others speak to us in love, then we can begin to “grow”, to become in every respect “the mature body of Christ.”

Prayer

May we build community based in truth and love.

Action

Consider where you would like to speak the truth in love. What is preventing it? Try to hear what others try to say to you with an open mind and heart.

Suggested Reading

 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. 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. 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.
Eph 4:14-15

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:32

One must be very particular about telling the truth. Through truth one can realize God.
Ramakrishna

In the process of telling the truth about what you feel or what you see, each of us has to get in touch with himself or herself in a really deep, serious way.
June Jordan

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
Buddha

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.
Abraham Lincoln

Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
Mahatma Gandhi

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.
Samuel Ullman

Part of spiritual and emotional maturity is recognizing that it’s not like you’re going to try to fix yourself and become a different person. You remain the same person, but you become awakened.
Jack Kornfield

To see what is in front of one’s nose requires a constant struggle.
George Orwell

He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.
Tryon Edwards

It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error.
Adrian Rodgers

 

 

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