What is true love? The Bible says that Jesus spoke as One having authority and not as the scribes (Matthew 7:29). However, some people think that God is gentle and not harsh with those that go on in their sins (Psalms 7:11). If that was the case, the people during Jesus’ day would probably have not crucified Him! He loved them enough to get in their face because if he did not they would have never known of the coming judgement and that the Kingdom of Heaven was near (John 7:26).
What would you think of me if there was a cliff at the end of the road and cars kept going over it to their own destruction and I said, “Um, sir, um, there is a cliff right there so you might want to slow down a bit”? No, you would want me to get in their face and shout, “There is a cliff right there, slow down or you’re gonna die!”
Some people might say that is harsh. They might warn you that you might hurt their feelings or they might say something mean back to you (Matthew 5:11). Let me ask you, which one is better? Knowing that Hell is real and death and destruction is the end of all sinners who don’t repent, is it better to be quiet and gently exhort somebody to turn from their sin or is better to get in their face and tell them the truth about their state, so they have some sense of alarm? (Revelations 3:19) Obviously, it’s better to get in their face and get their attention and tell them the truth of what will happen to them if they do not repent.
I am not saying to be mean to someone on purpose, I am just saying that if you love someone, you are going to tell them the truth (Ephesians 4:15). However, if you don’t truly love them, you are not going to get in their face.
If you are still following me, listen to this next example.
Let’s say there was a terrible fire that broke out at your neighbor’s house, but your neighbor was sleeping. Is it love to go up to his window and say, “Hey! Wake up! Your house is on fire, get out of bed!”? Or, is it love to say gently, “Neighbor, you might want to get up because um, your house is a little fired up”?
I hope now you understand what I have been trying to tell you. If you are going to tell people about the Gospel of Christ, do not cower back from a little heat, even if they get mad at you. If you really love them, you are going to get in their face and speak the truth (Hebrews 1:7; 2 Corinthians 5:11-21).