Real love calls people out (John 4)

Jesus said to her, “ Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband ’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.

Sometimes we are drawn to a false idea that if we really love someone, we won’t call them out on their sin because it would make them uncomfortable. They’ve already decided to become a Christian, they’re even at church, let’s not scare them away… besides, if I start pointing out the sins of others, they’re going to start shining a light on mine. Can I be honest, that’s partly the point, we need accountability and light disinfects. If you really love someone, you will point out where their life is at odds with God’s character. Not in a condescending way, and not pubicaly (at least not at first), but as a friend trying to actually help them. Jesus doesn’t beat around the bush either, he simply calls-it like it is.

Let’s agree to stop trying to simply make people comfortable and start showing people the genuine love of God in Jesus Christ… blunt as it can be. In the long run, it will help more people and hold us more accountable.

About John Harris

I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
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