Keepers of The Home
There is a counterfeit love I see being offered by those in the world. It falls under the names of “tolerance” and “acceptance”. This is not the example of love we see God offer us. When you came to Christ, I am sure that you felt His love and acceptance, while at the same time also feeling His correction and reproof in your life. I have never known a Christian that came to Christ and stayed the same; after all, isn’t our new life in Christ described as the old passing away and the new creature coming forth (2 Corinthians 5:17)?
So I ask you, if we are commanded by Jesus Himself to love one another as He has loved us (John 15:12), wouldn’t that mean we would not want to leave someone in the same state we found them? Take an addict for instance. Could we really say, “Let you be you,” in such a case? What if their addiction led to the destruction of all of their relationships and possibly ended their own life or the life of others? Wouldn’t it be better if we spoke up in love, calling them to a better life in Christ Jesus?
What about sexual sin or bitterness? Are these cases where we can look at people and encourage them to just be themselves? I tell you, dear sister and brother, that is not love! Love speaks up, interacts, and calls for those living in darkness to instead walk in the light of Christ! Do not be deceived. The world's false version of love has been created out of man's idea of what love should look like. It is a love that fails people by leaving them in the same chains they have been found in.
Our Lord Jesus Christ loved us so much that He gave His very own life for us! Not so that we could continue to walk blindly and in chains, but so that we could walk in freedom and the abundance of life! Let us learn to love truly as God has done by His example through Jesus. Do not accept the world's version of counterfeit love which leaves people in bondage, but be bold and speak the truth in love as 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV) tells us to --
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
May we truly learn to love others as He has loved us. I am so glad that the Lord convicted me of my sin and saved me so that I could walk in abundance in this life. Now that is all I desire for others as well.