1 Corinthians 6:11 – But You Got It AllDecember 28, 2014
Revelation 21December 29, 2014
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, who is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body to the edifying of itself in love.
In these two verses Paul points out some important aspects of the Church. I’ve had people say that they had parents who used the first phrase “speaking the truth in love” to blast them with bad comments. “You’re just dumb. Well that’s the truth.” Or “You have to quit doing that or you will go to hell.” Some people twist this phrase into a whip and beat people with it.
First, the person doesn’t know love. Look at 1 Corinthians 13 and see how love works. Love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7 NKJV). Is that the love that beats people down?—no. What’s the next phrase?—“grow up.”
Second, the person does not know the truth. Jesus is the truth. The Word is the truth. What people say about you is not truth if it doesn’t match what the Word says about you. You are God’s beloved. You are approved. You are loved beyond measure. You are a special person and created in the image of God. When you know the love of God for you through Jesus, then you can handle the truth.
This happens in churches as well. True love will bring all things together in Him. There is no division, no offense, no bitterness, and no competition. All the parts are fit joined together. It’s Jesus—from whom the body is supplied and fitted. In Ephesians 2:21 Paul says the body is “fitly framed together.”
Each person has a place fit into the body perfectly. It’s like laying brick. Each person is as important as another. If one brick gets out of alignment, the bricks around it will get out of alignment.
All this is to edify one another. It is to build up the body to work in love. You have a place of edifying through the love of Jesus. Be an edifier.