• Michael Haldas

Speaking/Talking


“Our first task in the process of salvation is “speaking the truth in love” (Eph 4:15). There are many ways to speak the truth: bluntly, with detachment, cruelly, haughtily, with love arising from our personal experience and thanksgiving. We may take any one of these approaches, all the while using nice manners and socially approved words. However, none of these models is the one that the Apostle Paul commends to us. Only the Lord Jesus Christ speaks the truth perfectly, with full personal involvement and true concern for others’ illumination and well-being…Saint Paul calls us to embrace the manner of loving and truthful speech exemplified by the Lord Jesus. The more Christ dwells in our hearts, the more we will find ourselves able to speak to others with the Lord’s lifegiving love – and the more He will speak through us.”(Dynamis 9/20/2018)

“He [Christ] is the reason these words are vital and powerful. Using words without the Word is vain.” (Orthodox Study Bible, 1 Timothy 4:5-6)

“When we are willing to open our mouths to speak for Him, we can be sure that He will give us the right thing to say. It is not that we put our minds in neutral but that we submit our minds to Him to use as He sees fit and to empower as He has promised.” (John MacArthur)

“Christ commands us to be not only honest and well- meaning, but simple and straight-talking, not allowing our tongues to utter empty words or promises that may be broken by unforeseen events or due to our limited knowledge...(Matthew 5:34-37)” (Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou)

“…our call to speak the truth in love to one another is gospel-oriented.” (Tony Reinke)

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