Redefining Love

We see it almost at every corner of life.  Love is defined as tolerating anything a person might do, stand for or say.   If one questions the rightness or wrongness of a practice, he is labeled as mean-spirited.

Can those who respect scripture live with the above definition of love?  Of course not.  At the basic level, love is obeying God’s commands (I John 2:3-5).  To be sure, love is kind, patient, selfless, peaceful etc., but it also rejoices in the truth (I Corinthians 13:6).  If I explain to someone about what Jesus teaches concerning marriage, then I am sharing the love of God.  If parents teach and insist adherence to the Lord’s truths, they are showing true love for their children.  What is to be said of parents who refuse to share God’s ways to their offspring?

Yes, we are to be like God – loving, tender-hearted, forgiving (Ephesians 4:31-32).  It is also obvious that God brought His Son and His truth to the earth.  Is His word to be ignored on the basis of loving another?  Or, does He expect submission to the Savior and King?    Hebrews 5:8,9 says, “Though he were a son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; and being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation to all those who obey him.”