The word ‘truth’ or ‘true’ is found 7 times in the book of Ephesians. It is a book is about the all truth of the grace administration. Four of the uses are found in the fourth chapter from 4:15-25.
The fourth chapter of Ephesians is about how we live with the greatness of what God has provided in Chapters 1-3. Chapters 1-3 are about our position in Christ. We are seated in the heavenlies. In Chapters 4-6 we learn about how we walk and function here and now from that vantage point.
We mature as Christians as we carry out Ephesians 4:15. Without truth, what is there to speak about? God is love. Without the truth, how can we really love someone. Nothing great happens without truth! It is our responsibility to carry out the speaking the truth in love. That is how relationships are really supposed to work.
Communication skills are very important in our relationships with others. God says in Ephesians 4:29:
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Corrupt communication involves the transference of thoughts that spoil, destroy and put the receiver in a worse condition. It does not bring deliverance.The truth ‘sets people free’. In Romans 16:17-18, Paul warns us:
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
To truly live the kind of life God desires for us we must continue in the Word, grow as disciples and our thoughts are centered on ‘whatsoever things are true’ (Romans 4:8).