3. Speak truth in love to each other.
Proverbs 27:6 says, “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” In other words, your true friends will be the ones who tell you the truth.
The key here is that truth happens within the context of relationship.
Often, we think we see the “truth” about a person, but we don’t see the whole circumstance because we aren’t in relationship with them. Submitting to a person involves both getting close enough to see the whole picture, and being willing to speak the truth we see.
4. Sharpen each other.
Often, we sharpen each other simply by being in relationship and staying in relationship. The people who drive you crazy at work, who rub you the wrong way at church, and the child who gives you the most grief—they’re sharpening you (and you’re sharpening them).
Stay in relationship with people, even when it’s hard.
Look to Jesus for strength and wisdom. This is submission.
5. Encourage each other.
For some of you, encouragement comes really naturally. Perhaps “words of encouragement” is one of your love languages (how you give or receive), like I discussed the other day.
For others of you, giving or receiving encouragement feels uncomfortable and unnatural.
Either way, keep encouragement simple. Less is more.
A simple, “You’re doing a great job,” or, “I really appreciate you,” can go a long way.