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May 18, 2016, 9:50 AM

May 18, 2016

“For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.”  1 John 3:11    

 

Why do Christians not love people?  Do you ever hear that question?  The question of Christian love is constantly surfacing in the chaos of our culture.  Many say that we are not very loving when we negatively respond to people and situations around us.  The problem seems to stem from our definition of love.  The dictionary tells us that love is a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.  To so many people today, love means that we unequivocally accept whatever another does as good and legitimate.  Jesus definitely loves everyone but He constantly pointed out the wrong intentions, attitudes and practices of those around Him. 

          Love carries with it all kinds of emotions as well as responsibility.  If your child is playing near the street, what is your responsibility?  Also, what would you desire someone else to do if you were not close by?  We live is a culture that now says leave the child alone because he is having fun and no one has the right to interfere with him.  We know that real love will motivate us to get them away from the street because it is extremely dangerous for them.  The analogy is simple but it helps us define love.  Oftentimes, telling someone the truth hurts them deeply. Yet, because we love them, we desire the best for them.  Our love for them reminds us that (just as in the case of the child near the street) for them to remain in their current situation will cause them great harm.

          All of this brings up another issue.  We live in the days of political correctness that tells us that we have absolutely no right to judge the actions of another.  However, do we make a judgment about the child playing near the street?  The argument would be made that it is a child and children need continual guidance.  The truth is that we all need guidance throughout our lives.  Our guidance comes from God who truly loves us, the Bible that directs our steps and people around us who love us enough to tell us the truth.  Yet, there are many who will not “get it” because real love, real wisdom and real understanding are only found in a love relationship with Almighty God by faith in Jesus.

                                                                             We love you,

                                                                             Brad and Virginia


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