“Speaking the truth in love.” Ephesians 4:15
When we would convince men of any error by the strength of truth, let us additionally pour the sweet balm of love upon their heads.
Truth and love are two of the most powerful things in the world; and when they both go together, they cannot easily be withstood.
The golden beams of truth, and the silken cords of love, twisted together, will draw men on with a sweet power, whether they will or not.
Let us take heed we do not sometimes call that ‘zeal for God and His gospel’ which is nothing else but our own tempestuous and stormy passion.
True zeal is a sweet, heavenly, and gentle flame, which makes us active for God–but always within the sphere of love.
It never calls for fire from heaven to consume those who differ a little from us.
It strives to save the soul–but hurts not the body.
True zeal is a loving thing, and makes us always active to edification, and not to destruction.
RALPH CUDWORTH (1617–1688)
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth,
according to the effectual working in the measure of every part,
maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.