Correction, Reproof, Rebuke, Instruction
"Jesus' strongest rebukes
were reserved for those who were closest to Him. He rebukes most
those whom He loves the most (Rev 3:19)"
"Love does not mean allowing anything
to happen and not speaking out. Real love is not about winking at
evil, overlooking sin, and countenancing that which displeases God.
Biblical love is all about speaking the truth, even if it causes
"When you're not broken, one small
thing will be enough to offend you. But look at the eternal
consequences of Judas' reaction. And look at the eternal results of
Peter's reaction. Both of them were tested by correction - one
failed, while the other passed. Today, we're being tested in the
same way ... let's have Peter's attitude to correction at all times
- whether the Lord corrects us directly by His Spirit or thorough
someone else" [source].
"If a person can claim to have been
hurt by what you say, it is assumed by many that you did not act in
love. In other words, love is not defined by the quality of the act
and its motives, but by the subjective response of others. In this
way of relating, the wounded one has absolute authority. If he says
you hurt him, then you cannot have acted lovingly. You are guilty.
Jesus will not allow this way of relating to go unchallenged. Love
is not defined by the response of the loved... This truth is show by
the way Jesus lived His life. He loved in a way that was often not
felt as love. No one I have ever known in person or in history was
as blunt as Jesus in the way He dealt with people. Evidently His
love was so authentic it needed few cushions. It is owing to my
living with the Jesus of the Gospels for fifty years that makes me
so aware of how emotionally fragile and brittle we are today. If
Jesus were to speak to us the way He typically spoke in His own day,
we would be continually offended and hurt. This is true of the way
He spoke to His disciples and the way He spoke to His adversaries...
The point of this is that the genuineness of an act of love is not
determined by the subjective feelings of the one being loved"
"When we read the New Testament, we
see time and time again Jesus and His followers offending people,
angering people, and alienating people, simply by speaking the
truth. But Jesus and His disciples did not worry about everyone
going off on a pity party. They were too worried about speaking
truth. In other words, they loved people enough to offend, when
necessary. They did not go out of their way to offend people, but
they never for a moment held back from speaking truth out of fear
that someone might take offence or throw a hissy fit"
Thus saith the LORD,
Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask
for the old paths, where is the good way,
and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls
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