The Power Of Words

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Speaking the truth in love.  1 Peter 3:15  Christians are to defend their faith, but to do so with gentleness and respect. Colossians 4:6  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt. Sadly, some Christians fail to follow these biblical instructions. Some Christians (or at least people who claim to be Christians) speak the truth, but speak it in such a way that it is very hateful.  The Bible does not support such method.

To tell someone the truth is an act of love, not hate. 

Declaring that certain groups are making some serious theological and biblical errors is not hateful as long as the declaration and speaking the truth is presented respectfully.

 

A Christian should never participate in speech that is intended to insult, intimidate, or cause prejudice against a person or people based on their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, occupation, disability, or physical appearance.

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My only addition is that telling the truth in and of itself does not make a statement loving.
You can tell the truth in a way that is specifically designed to harm, and you can tell the truth in ways that are likely to harm, and you can tell the truth in ways that are helpful and promote growth.

It is incumbent upon Christians to tell the truth in the best fashion if the option is there.

Sometimes however the truth is offensive no matter what.

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My only addition is that telling the truth in and of itself does not make a statement loving.
You can tell the truth in a way that is specifically designed to harm, and you can tell the truth in ways that are likely to harm, and you can tell the truth in ways that are helpful and promote growth.

It is incumbent upon Christians to tell the truth in the best fashion if the option is there.

Sometimes however the truth is offensive no matter what.

Yes it's usually offensive to the person receiving truth when they are in the wrong.  But even more so when done in an unbiblical fashion and probably won't help the person change their wrong.

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