Your emotion could also physically affect you
Reference: Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. (Ephesians 4:15 NIV)
Explore: We all know that it’s not always helpful to be angry but a few years ago some research came out proving that it was physically detrimental. It was concluded that “anger may cause increased anxiety, high blood pressure and headaches.”
This emotion, when not controlled, can affect relationships but this new research brought things closer to home.
The fact that your emotion could also physically affect you means you were suddenly dumped with a double negative.
I guess it shouldn’t be a huge surprise to us. Our emotions are a key part of who we are and they are going to impact us.
When it comes to anger we often think of what we will do to others, but it’s important to assess what our anger will do to ourselves.
Application: On the flip side, telling the truth can impact us more than helping others. It says so in Ephesians.
When we speak the truth in love we think of how it will benefit those we are addressing. And yet it has an impact on us too.
As we speak out in truth we are mirroring the life of Christ and therefore changing ourselves. Sure, it may assist those you are talking to, but it is also shaping us to be the type of person God has created us to be.
Our Godly acts are to think of others and this, in turn, changes us to be more like Him.
Prayer: Lord, may we be the type of person who looks outward so that we can be changed for the better. Amen.
How has your expression of truth or love changed you personally?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.