That Crazy Thing Called Love

13 03 2010

“I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning” (2 John 1:5 NLT).

Every Christian should know that we are to love one another, but Christian love can be tricky. Five verses later John tells us:

“If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement.  Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work” (2 John 1:10-11 NLT).

These “evil workers” are certainly enemies of Christ. Even so Jesus tells us to “… love your enemies! [Bless those who curse you. Do good to those who hate you.] Pray for those who persecute you!” (Matthew 5:44 NLT).

Later Jesus tells us in matters of conflict to personally confront the individual and then says, “If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector” (Matthew 18:17 NLT).

 So, how are we to treat pagans and corrupt tax collectors differently than beloved ones?

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