Tough love

Tough love “Dear brothers and sisters, if another Christian is overcome by some sin, those of you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path.”

As Christians, we are told to speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15). What if that means causing someone grief or personal discomfort? Should we say nothing to ‘keep the peace’? No! The well-being of a person, even to the extent of their salvation, is far more important than the present comfort level of our relationship with them. Jesus said He came to bring a sword (Mt 10:34). He came to separate those who would desire truth and righteousness from those who would choose to live independent of God, not trusting and obeying Christ. Jesus didn’t want us to rest in a false sense of security, but to experience true peace through knowing the truth. He beautifully and courageously demonstrated ‘tough love’ throughout His life.

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6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.