“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” -John 15:13
We see much talk of love nowadays, especially in the professing church, but unfortunately, we don’t see much demonstration of it. When Jesus Christ came and died on the cross for our sins (I John 3:4; Romans 5:8), He showed us right then and there that His love was in demonstration. I John 3:18 says, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” How much love do you see in America today in such a way where it is a demonstrated love and not just a bunch of lip service with no action behind it?
People throw out “I love yous” all day long, but how many of those people are really there for you when you need them in action? True love has been turned upside down on its head in this day and age. In today’s society, we count true love as hate and false love as true love. The bottom line is that if I love you, I will tell you the truth. If I don’t love you, I will overlook your sin and lead you to believe that things are okay in your life when they’re really not.
We used to have a love in this country that would love you enough to tell you the truth whether you liked it or not. We saw the end aim of our love to being peace with God and a life lived in righteousness upon true repentance; and that is why we sought to give men the truth that they might know the truth and be set free from their sin (John 8:32). Nowadays, if you speak the truth (because you love), you’re hateful or a biggot. There are going to be a lot of people in Hell who thought that many people loved them (Who really did not) because they were afraid to give them the truth of God’s Word and bring forth the knowledge of their sin that they might repent before Him and be soundly saved.
In truth, that is no love at all. That is the true definition of hate. When you know of impending doom and danger upon the soul of a man or woman and you refuse to warn them because you might step on a few toes or offend someone, that is really hate, not love.
Charles Spurgeon said,
“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”
That is the kind of fervency that should exemplify every true child of God. After all, if you are not excited about your own testimony in Christ and adamant about the salvation of others, how in the world do you expect to convince a lost and dying world of their need for a Savior?
Bottom line: True love tells people the truth and loves in action (I John 3:18), so live your life accordingly.