It seems that social media becomes more and more contentious as we move into an election cycle in our nation. We are a divided country. Lines are drawn and people take sides. Often they respond in unloving ways towards each other. Christ followers are not excluded from communicating ways that do not show the love of Jesus towards others.
Some self-professed Christians hold out truth, but do so in such a way that it is not accompanied by the grace and love of the gospel. They rightfully point to passages of Scripture that pertain to a particular issues, but do so in a way that is disrespectful, rude, and sometimes hateful to their recipients.
Other self-professed Christians seek to hold out love to others, but do not share the truth of Scripture as it applies to particular issues, because they are afraid that the Word of God will offend their recipients. In withholding God’s Word, these self-professed Christ followers are actually being unloving. They are withholding the convicting and healing truth of the Bible from people who need to hear it.
What we communicate and how we communicate it are both important parts of effectively communicating the gospel.
Paul said it this way, “But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head — Christ.”Ephesians 4:15 (CSB)
We must always partner the truth of the gospel with the love of the gospel–the message of Christ with the love of Christ. When we pair the two together, they can result in new birth and spiritual growth; however, when we divorce truth from love, they will not be effective. The good news of God’s Word and the love of God are always meant to be shared together.
By speaking the truth in love, we will love others like Jesus.