… but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ. — Ephesians 4: 15
The Lord expects us to grow up into Him. The first part of our Bible text can also be translated as: “Let us speak the truth in love”. Our dealings with one another are to be characterised by love. That is the main emphasisof this appeal. If this is thecase, there will also be corresponding effects.
- The more a congregation is characterised by love, the more blessed it will be!
- The more we personify love, the more it is also possible for us to grow into the nature of Christ.
- The more we are defined and ruled by love, the closer we come to the goal of our faith.
This love does not just come from anywhere, however! Rather it is “poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5: 5). This love—which binds us together and enables us to grow into the nature of Christ—must be our trademark!
Let us be genuine in love. This will bring blessing to the congregation, allow us to grow into the nature of Christ, and bring us closer to the goal of our faith. It is the Holy Spirit who makes it possible for us to grow up into Christ. Anyone can grow. Possible areas for such growth include:
- caring more about others,
- making a greater effort to reconcile,
- engaging our gifts,
- making an effort to increase our knowledge,
- deepening our prayer life, and
- testifying to others.