Rather, y speaking the truth in love, we are to z grow up in every way into him who is a the head, into Christ,
b from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, c when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
1 John 3:18
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
In whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.
And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church.
And not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.