Paul’s lifelong goal was to live like Christ. Even though he spent the first part of his life denying Christ by the way he lived and spoke, once he knew Christ, he wanted to be like him in every way possible. One way that He did this was through speaking truth like Ephesians 4:15 states, “Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.” What does this look like?
When we see someone in the body of Christ doing something that might be harmful to themselves or others, or when we see someone falling into sin, then we need to go to that person and speak truth into their lives. However, we have to approach them with love. If we have never invested in them, never spoken to them, then we will have no reason to speak with them. They will not trust what we have to say. Instead, we must spend time with them so that when we do need to speak to them, they will trust and respect what we have to say.
Spend some time praying for believers around you. Invest in their spiritual lives so you will be able to speak truth in love.