Read Ephesians 4:14-16.

“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” (v. 15).

Don’t be tossed around by every doctrinal breeze. Keep focused on the scriptures and the beliefs that spring from them.Being led astray in what one believes will soon carry him astray from proper practice.

One way of keeping focused is for believers to talk openly about ideas and proposals that arise. When decisions are to be made in a church, for example, those who make up the congregation should be frank in speaking about the ideas presented, especially if the proposed changes might turn the church away from biblical principles. Speaking the truth clearly, “in love,” helps focus on truth and avoid the pitfalls of erroneous doctrines.

The same can be true in personal relationships. The Bible seems to indicate that we should be willing to “speak the truth in love” if we see a brother going astray. Warning him about the direction he is taking will be a blessing to him. Once a pastor recalled a time when he began dating a young woman who did not possess Christian character. He had a rather difficult time of it before realizing his danger and cancelling the relationship. Later a friend told him how glad he was for the break-up. “Why didn’t you speak to me earlier?” the young man asked. “You would have saved me a lot of heartache.” (Steven E.Hight)

Speaking truth in love helps us stay on track.