Tell the Truth in Love
Romans 1: 18-19 “18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.”
Today, we continue our study of chapter 1 of Romans. It is interesting that when Paul wrote this epistle and especially the words above, it was as if he was referring to the present-day generation. We live in a time of godlessness and wickedness, where people have “exchanged the truth about God for a lie and served created things rather than the Creator” (verse 25).
The truth is under attack. People no longer have a love for truth. Instead, they love the lies of the devil. Truth is no longer absolute. They create their own ‘truths’ to suit their own desires. For example, “women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way, the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men” (verses 26-27). This is talking about lesbianism, homosexuality, and same-sex marriage.
We live in a time when the homosexual community has so strongly influenced the godless culture of the world that if you stand against it and say that it is sin, you are labeled as an intolerant bigot. They have skillfully portrayed it as a “human rights” issue so that those who oppose it are politically incorrect. But God’s Word is not tolerant of homosexuality or ambiguous about it: it is clearly a sin (Gen. 19:4-5; Lev. 18:22).
As Christians, we are commanded to preach the truth in love (Ephesians 4: 15). The best way to love someone is to tell them that the lies they believe will lead them to death and only the truth can set them free (John 8: 32). Because we know the truth, we must be people characterized by love. Reach out to people who are caught in this web of lies in love. There is no power on earth that can conquer the power of love because God himself is love (1 John 4; 8). If you know friends of yours who are deliberately living in the sin of any kind, tell them the truth in love!
Truth convicts and with love, it liberates and sets people free from their sins.
HAVE A BLESSED DAY!