TRUE Love Rejoices in the TRUTH and DOES NOT Rejoice in Unrighteousness!

Shaila Touchton By Shaila Touchton, 13th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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TRUE love rejoices in the TRUTH and DOES NOT rejoice in unrighteousness..

TRUE Love Rejoices in the TRUTH and DOES NOT Rejoice in Unrighteousness!

TRUE love rejoices in the TRUTH and DOES NOT rejoice in unrighteousness. TRUE LOVE of unbelievers promotes their good and well-being, which includes telling them that they are lost and presenting the gospel to them. FALSE LOVE promotes their destruction by telling them that they already believe the gospel and are at peace with God. True love hates iniquity, rebukes and disciplines. Jesus said, For "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten".
Many people describe Love as that, one must never speak harshly, must never correct, It doesn't matter what I do, say, or believe, as a human being, I deserve unconditional love and must tolerate everything for the sake of Love.Many others we see in our soceity they say I love you even to strangers , are they really showing true love? They talk about love through lips yet in their heart they are wicked. They show the love of Judas Iscariot.But that is NOT True Love.

True Love wants the very best for those around you & saving someone's life, and leading them to the kingdom of God and Christ. True Love is to correct, rebuke so that the person would return to the right and correct path speaking the truth in love. Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, (1 Peter 1:22)

The Scriptures give many examples and instructions of reproving and rebuking. God rebuked and reproved Adam, Eve, and Abel. The Lord rebuked Sarah when she laughed. He rebuked Moses when he struck the rock in anger. Nathan the prophet rebuked and reproved David about his sin. We see the same thing in the New Testament. Jesus rebuked and reproved the hypocritical religious leaders. He also rebuked the disciples, especially their main spokesman, Peter. Jesus rebukes the churches of Asia in the book of Revelation. Paul rebuked the Corinthians many times in his two letters to them. Why? Because rebuke and reproof are acts of love. In fact, when Paul tells Timothy to keep on preaching the Word in II Tim. 4:1-4 he defines preaching, in vs. 2, as reproving, rebuking, and exhorting.

Though similar in meaning, reproving relates to convincing someone that they are in sin. It is to expose their sin or to bring it to light so they can see it.

Prov. 27:5 which says, "Better is open rebuke than love that is concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy."Prov. 28:23 also says, "He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with the tongue." Believers are to also rebuke the wicked. Prov. 24:25 says, "But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight, and a good blessing will come upon them."

John the Baptist and Jesus exposed the sins of many in their day. Yes, you might be persecuted when you expose the sins of others, yet being persecuted also brings a blessing from God (Mt. 5:11-12).

Prov.10:17 says, "...he who ignores reproof goes astray."Prov. 12:1 says, "...he who hates reproof is stupid."Prov. 13:1 says, "a scoffer does not listen to rebuke."Prov. 13:18 says, "Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, But he who regards reproof will be honored."Prov. 15:10 says, "...He who hates reproof will die." And Prov. 29:1 says, "A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly be broken beyond remedy." The Apostle Paul wrote, "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good." (Romans 12:9)

Conditional Love of God: Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him. (Jn 14:21)

I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Ex 20:5-6)

The Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God (John 16:27).

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. (1 John 4:15-16)

It's not a saving love that he has for everybody. Else everybody would be saved, since they would not have to meet any conditions, not even faith. But Jesus said everybody is not saved (Matthew 25:46).

It's not the love that justifies sinners since the Bible says we are justified by faith, and faith is a condition (Romans 5:1).

It's not the love of working all things together for our good because Paul says that happens "to those who love God" (Romans 8:28).

It's not the love of the most intimate fellowship with the Father because Jesus said, "He who loves me will be loved by my Father" (John 14:21). And James said, "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you" (James 4:8).

It's not the love that will admit us into heaven when we die because John says, "Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life" (Revelation 2:10). And faithfulness is a condition.

If we obey Him, we experience His love. If we rebel against Him, we fall under His wrath. The Bible offers no hope that at the final day of judgment we will all "pass" because of the "unconditional love" of God.

Did not the Holy Spirit slay (kill) Ananias and his wife Sapphira for the sin of lying (Acts 5:1-11)? Can you hear the screams of liberals and liberal churchmen everywhere?

Did not Peter hold the Jews of Jerusalem culpable for having conspired against and for murdering the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 3:15,19; 4:10,27)? Would not the Apostle Peter today be accused of being an "anti-Semite"?

Did not the Apostle Paul bring accountability and judgment upon the Corinthians for having harbored the sexually immoral (1 Cor. 5 & 6)? Have not today's sexually immoral actually found the church a safe haven?

And are not Christians warned about the fact that "Evil company corrupts good habits (i.e., character)"? And exhorted, "But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner-not even to eat with such a person." Does not the moral imperative of biblical separation run afoul of today's inclusivity standard?

Look at probably the most well known verse in the Bible, John 3:16,

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

This verse is often used to "prove" that God loves everybody with an unconditional love, but notice the love is past tense. God loved the world enough to provide it a Savior, but those who refuse the Savior do not partake of the love. Only those who "believeth in him" get "everlasting life." In short, God's love for every sinner is found at the cross and there alone. Those who refuse the cross presently have God's wrath abiding on them as John testifies in the same chapter,

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

No where in the Bible does it say God loves a lost sinner who refuses His provision in the Lord Jesus Christ. Instead they inherit wrath .


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author avatar Funom Makama
13th Mar 2012 (#)

Nice one about Love. I think Love itself is true, anything beyond or below it isn't Love.

God bless you for this piece.

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author avatar Shaila Touchton
13th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you Funom!

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author avatar Denise O
14th Mar 2012 (#)

Shaila, I did research on this very thing, in some ways. I was torn about what to do with family members that are not in any way, walking the right path. Actually they are walking a very evil path. Since one was my dad, I had a hard time dealing with this all. Then I prayed and grabbed my bible for answers. I found my answer and you are so right, we are not to be in the company of wicked people, we are not to go down in the gutter with them, to help them get out of it. I am not dishonoring God by not honoring my father, for no man on earth shall be called father, so then I am being true to God, even if my dad decides to go his wicked ways, it is not up to me to run up that wicked path and bring him back. We are all accountable for one persons actions and that would be ourselves. Nice one. Have a blessed day. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Shaila Touchton
14th Mar 2012 (#)

I am sorry to hear about your loved one walking in unrighteous path. But we all have one or other family members doing the same thing. Yes I agree with you whatever you said in the above comment.Honoring your father and your mother is a most important commandment. Have you heard "The Jahnke Case",research on the internet about this case( Richard Jahnke of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was an abused child. His father sexually abused his sister and constantly beat the children and their mother).Sometimes, honoring one's parents is a very difficult thing to do, especially when their actions are not honorable.
I came across the article which I wanted to share with you,hope it helps in some way.
""How do we honor abusive, evil, reprobate, toxic parents?
We honor them by not returning the abuse that they gave to us.
We honor them by not wanting to destroy their lives, but to improve it/change it/transform it through Christ.

We honor them by praying for their salvation and for their break though.

We honor them by stop trying to save them, or change them, that it is Christ's job.

We honor them by letting go and letting God work a miracle.

We honor them by realizing that our enabling behavior & failure to give the ultimate consequence of no contact is getting in God's way.

We honor them by not enabling them to continue their abuse with us or with others.

We honor them by insisting that they get the professional help that they need, before they have anymore contact with us & our family members.

We honor them by remaining in a No Contact status and not being tempted to break it "for the kids sake" during birthday, holidays, or any other special occasion for this would send a mixed message & defeat the purpose of No Contact.

We honor them by giving them clear boundaries and consequences if they are not remorseful and repent/turn from/change/end their abusive behavior, OR we will have nothing to do with them.

We honor them by reversing the curse, in that we will not allow their abusive legacy to continue to our children.

We honor them by returning honor to the family's reputation & creating an awesome legacy for future generations.
Do you know another way we can honor our evil parents?
Share it with us & leave it on the comments section.

Just like there are two different kinds of families, loving/imperfect families and abusive/toxic families, there are two different kinds of honoring, honoring the loving parent and honoring the abusive one (as mentioned above). Both kinds of honoring parents should be equally respected because they come from love. When we honor abusive, evil, toxic, reprobate parents, as mentioned above, we are in fact fulfilling this commandment and need not feel any guilt that we can not do the other kind of honoring-it was not our choice to make. God blessed us with free will and it was our parents choice to be loving or abusive, therefore that places them in one category of honoring or another. Just as God says, I have put life (love/good) and death (hate/evil) before you -- choose life/love! Life/love is a choice and if we don't choose it then we get the natural consequence of our selection which is death. Death of a relationship with God and with others. God can not make people choose life/love and neither can we. The full responsibility of the death of a relationship lies on the abusive, evil, toxic, reprobate parent and no one else. A person should not be made to feel less of a Christian because she can not honor her evil parent in the exact same way a person who had a loving or imperfect parent. God says to rebuke evil--not honor it! We need to stop digging into one another, as the enemy would have us do, and start digging into scripture and stop ignoring what God says about people who are evil with a cold calloused unremorseful/unrepentful heart.

May the Lord bless you were ever you are at on your Life Journey.


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