11 comments on “Love-speak

  1. “love requires that we speak to that brother in a manner that helps him to see his error and that brings him back to God. Of course this is done not as a rebuke, but as an encouragement”

    It takes about 800% more energy to point out error in an encouraging way…but Jesus never said folliwingvHim would be easy. As someone once said, “Why would you expect life to be easy for a Christian? Look what happened to their leader.”

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  3. ‘If our brother has fallen into sin, then love requires that we speak to that brother in a manner that helps him to see his error and that brings him back to God. Of course this is done not as a rebuke, but as an encouragement.’

    I think addressing someone fallen into sin needs both encouragement and rebuke. Rebuke really means to correct. Sure it’s not comfortable, but why do we think God wants someone comfortable in sin? Jesus didn’t seem to address those opposed to Him in a manner that made them comfortable, and He always addressed people in love. Love is about the other person, not about how that other person thinks of me, how much they like me, how much they listen to me, or how much they respect me. If love isn’t about them, then it’s neither love, nor effective.

    Some of the most uncomfortable words for me in Scripture are in 1 Corinthians 13. Paul seems to have this design and understanding of love that makes him a “door mat” or something. And yet for Jesus, love is empowering and fulfilling. How can it be both? How can turning the other cheek be empowering rather than demeaning? How can a life that ends on a cross, naked and dying, be the path of power? And yet even in the midst of His pain, Jesus forgives the religious leaders who worked so hard to put Him there. He did so publicly. He did so in the hearing of another man on the cross, who then responded in faith. It was a rebuke, even as they stood in condemnation of Him. It was a rebuke to lovingly draw them to their Creator and Savior, even as He saved them through His own death, and eventually, His resurrection.

    At times, I need a loving rebuke. It’s not what I want, it’s what I need. Those who provide it, love me. I need more of those people, but I also need to be one of those people for others.

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