This is a guest post from Ken Myers. He is an Expert Advisor on multiple household help issues to many organizations and groups. You can get in touch with him through his website or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have a problem. I want to give people everything I can. I want to protect them from the hurts and disappointments of the world. I want to tell them that they are perfect just the way they are. I love too much. Now, I know what you are thinking. In society, especially current Christian society, it seems impossible that anyone can love too much. Well, you are wrong.
You see, love is important. In fact,
“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
-1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV)
But you have forgotten one thing. The Bible is talking about God’s love. You see, God’s love is perfect. It is a sacrificial love. His love is always balanced with two things: truth and discernment. I heard a wonderful allegory the other day.
Love is like a river. It is life-giving and beneficial most of the time. However, when it swells and goes over its banks, it is deadly. The banks of love are truth and discernment. In order for love to be the right kind of thing, to be helpful rather than destructive, it must be controlled by those two things.
Think of it like this: if you were looking for a mate, you would not approach everyone you saw, would you? Of course not! You have certain standards in mind for a potential mate. In the same way, you should not blindly love everyone you meet. You need to have standards.
Another thing you must remember is that love is not enough. Yes, it is great to love people, but you need to do it with the right motives. You can love people right into hell. If an unbeliever is never told they are a sinner and that they need to accept Christ, then all the love in the world will not save them. Give them the truth first and then love them.
If you have a healthy love then you will have a stronger, more life-giving love. God’s love is always the best kind of love. Remember that you cannot do anything without God, but with God all things are possible.
How can we show God’s love to others?