The Bible often warns its readers regarding the damage and injury that the tongue may inflict. However, it does talk about speaking at the right time as well. But before speaking, there are certain requirements that should be met.

First, the statement should be the truth. Whether it is hurtful or not, as long as it is the truth, the Bible gives us the go signal. But it does not stop there. There is also the right manner of speaking the truth, and that is “in love.”

What does “in love” mean when speaking the truth? It simply means the Christian would make the statement as a reminder or rebuke, but with love and concern as his primary motivations. Without these two elements, making statements would only lead to confusion and heartache.