I think this is another verse that we have allowed the enemy to misappropriate. It says “Love does no wrong to others,” but that doesn’t mean that love will never hurt others.
If I’m embroiled in sin, making choices that are harming me, my witness, and others, someone who loves me will say something to me. It will hurt me. It will shock and dismay me. I most likely will balk and cry and fuss and become defensive.
Does that mean the person who spoke up didn’t love me? NO. Not at all. It means that person loves me beyond themselves. They loved me enough to seek the best for me rather than allowing me to continue down a path of destruction. They knew my feelings might be hurt.
See, exercising this sort of love is not wrong. It is very right. Even though it’s painful. The enemy of our souls tells us that if it hurts someone in any way, it’s wrong.
God says that the intent of our hearts is what He judges. Jesus loved deeply, but He didn’t shy away from loving confrontation of a sinful nature. We have to do the same!
Let’s set our hearts on loving others as He did, as we love ourselves. Not with condemnation, but with welcome and correction and help. Then, let’s act from that heart set.
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