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Proclaiming Biblical Truth: An Act of Love

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“So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.” (Ephesians 4:14, AMP)

The act of sharing Biblical truth is a fundamental aspect of the Christian faith. It is not merely a suggestion, but a commission given by Christ himself: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20, ESV) However, sharing these truths can sometimes be perceived as unloving or judgmental, especially in a culture that increasingly values personal truth above absolute truth.

This is where it’s crucial to remember the nature of truth itself. Truth, by definition, is unwavering and unchanging. In the realm of faith, the Word of God is described as “the truth” (John 17:17, ESV). Biblical truths are not just one perspective among many, but the foundational reality upon which all else stands.

Sharing biblical truths may be seen as an act of confrontation, but in essence, it is an act of love. Jesus himself often shared uncomfortable truths, not to condemn, but to point the way towards salvation. In a similar manner, sharing Biblical truths, even when uncomfortable, is a way to guide others towards God’s promise of redemption and eternal life.

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15, ESV). This verse underscores the balance Christians must strive for – speaking truth but doing so in love. Love, in this context, does not mean simply making others feel good or comfortable. Love involves desiring the best for others, and as Christians, we believe that the best is found in knowing and living in accordance with God’s Word.

It’s important to approach conversations with humility and understanding, aware of our own fallibility and need for grace. “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15, ESV).

We must remember, however, that our job is to share the truth in love, not to ensure it is received. The outcome is in God’s hands: “So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” (1 Corinthians 3:7, ESV)

Sharing Biblical truths can be challenging, especially in an environment that may resist or reject them. However, as bearers of the Good News, we are called to share these truths out of love for others and obedience to Christ. This is our mission and our privilege, one we carry out trusting in God’s grace and sovereignty.

In sharing the truth of the Bible, we demonstrate the ultimate act of love, reflecting the love Christ has for us. Let us do so with boldness, yet with a spirit of gentleness and respect, trusting that God will use our humble efforts for His glory and the benefit of others.

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