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By Pastor Mick Wolfe
February 11, 2019

“By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother” (1 Jn.3:10).

Love requires self-denial because it works toward the highest good of God and others. If an individual has his / her preference as the highest goal, they will lack the vision and wisdom needed to identify the highest good. As well, once the highest good becomes one’s goal, wisdom becomes an indispensable attribute.

In our effort to arrive at the highest good, it becomes necessary to resist to the part that threatens the well-being of the whole. This principle is evident throughout Scripture and, fortunately, in societal practice (though it is being threatened). God clearly employs this principle through His interaction with the human race in Old Testament revelation. A righteous judge proceeds upon this basis as he sentences a criminal to a prison term.

In light of the statement above and the complex nature of love (beyond mere tolerance and acceptance), consider Paul’s recommendation regarding one part of the body that was threatening the well-being of the whole in the following passage.

“It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father's wife. You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst. For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present. In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--not even to eat with such a one” (1 Co.5:1-11).

Commonly, love has become associated with being nice and being nice has been associated with accepting and tolerating everything and everyone. This errant concept of love has been used to criticize those who know it is necessary and appropriate to resist evil and immorality. This is a harmful perspective that will, in the end, threaten the well-being of the whole (family, team, church or nation).

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