Speak the truth in love

There is a four letter word which some of us use every day.

When we are challenged with difficult situations in life, we sometimes use this word in our everyday dealings. Yet this word is not popular in our vernacular. When asked about the meaning of this word persons look back with a quizzical gaze as their response. This word is tact. To seek a further resolution to that quizzical gaze, the definition of tact is a keen sense of what to do or say in order to maintain good relations with others or avoid offense. You tell the truth kindly.  Tact can additionally defined through the following acrostic:

T – Thoughtful

A – Appropriate

C – Considerate

T – Tasteful

Tact is conveyed in the Bible through the following verses. Proverbs 15: 1 is the seminal verse on tact, where we are encouraged to respond with gentleness. Similarly in the book of Proverbs, chapter 25, verse 15 exemplifies tact as it relates to those in authority.

In order to successfully exercise tact one must adopt the attitude  described in 1 Corinthians 9:19. This more referred to in this verse,  is gained may not be only by material gains but also lasting relationships which are worth more than tangible entities. Ephesians 4:15 reveals a supplementary understanding of the rewards of tact. By using tact we will become more mature and grow well into personal and spiritual development.

Our society teaches us to respond insult for insult. Our society teaches us that we do not have to stand for unfair treatment. Responding to insults by giving a blessing in return is perceived as a strange response by the world. Nonetheless this is a reflection of a mature and spiritually stable person. For much more is achieved through tact. One does not have to, forgive the cliché, act like a bull in a China shop, in order to acquire what is considered to be fair treatment. Yet through the art of gentle persuasion and listening, our energies will be transformed from the never ending debate of who is at fault and to the quest for a necessary remedy. For tact is about addressing the issue, while still maintaining good relations to channel kindness, gentleness, peace and overall love.

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