“Grow Up!” ( Ephesians 4:15, KNOX ) by Carley Evans


Growing up is what God expects us to do. He commands us to “follow the Truth” – that is, Christ; but He expects us to follow the truth, “in a spirit of charity” – not lording over others in a spirit of one-upmanship. We are called to a “due proportion” with Christ in everything. He is our Head; we are only members of His Body. Who then are we to say to others, “I am better or more needed than you.”? Or, “You are of no value?”

We are to follow the truth, in a spirit of charity, and so grow up, in everything, into a due proportion with Christ, who is our head.

Growing up is what’s expected of us.

On [Christ] all the body depends; it is organized and unified by each contact with the source which supplies it; and thus, each limb receiving the active power it needs, it achieves its natural growth, building itself up through charity. (Ephesians 4:16)

“Love Is From God” (2 Thessalonians 1: 3, ESV) by Carley Evans


Paul says that the right thing to do is to give thanks to God for our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are to thank God for their abundant spiritual growth. We are to be pleased that our brothers and sisters in Christ love each other.

The author of 1 John writes, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God.” (1 John 4: 7)

Paul encourages us to “speak the truth in love” so as “to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ.” (Ephesians 4: 15)

What does he mean to “speak the truth in love?”

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge… A gentle tongue is a tree of life… The lips of the wise spread knowledge.” (Proverbs 15: 1 – 2, 4, 7)

As we speak truth, knowledge, wisdom to our brothers and sisters, we are to keep a gentle tongue bathed in the love of God. We are to “restore [others] in a spirit of gentleness.” We are to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6: 1, 2)