A young teenager is shot and killed in some kind of gang confrontation, or perhaps he’s shot by a police officer responding to a reported robbery and reacting to a gun in the teenager’s hand. You see the boy’s mother on TV news, and she wails as she laments the loss of her “baby boy.” She goes on about how “good” a boy he was... But so often the real truth is that he was not a good boy. He was a gang member, and if you could only see, he probably had a considerable police record. He might even have used and sold drugs. He wanted fast money, and he lived a fast life. He was continually in trouble. He was a hard case and had been for a long time.
We’re losing an entire generation of our youth, and we’re placing the blame in all the wrong places. If parents really love their children, they’ll discipline them diligently as they grow up. They’ll love their kids enough to tell them “no,” to teach them why not and to see that they live disciplined, responsible lifestyles.
Love is not just saying, “I love you,” or doing nice things for someone or overlooking their faults and shortcomings. True, complete love at times says, “No!” True love tells the person who is loved that he is wrong when he needs to be told that he is wrong. True love corrects, disciplines, rebukes, not out of animosity but out of love. Real love hates to hurt a loved one’s feelings but will do so if that needs to happen for the loved one to be helped.
Absolute love will tell a loved one that he is in danger of God’s judgment if he is not living faithfully according to God‘s teachings. One thing for which we can be thankful is the fact that God does not love us too much to tell us that we’re wrong. He loves us so much that He has provided us with the entire Bible in order to teach us the way of righteousness and to point out where we’re in error (2 Tim. 3:15-17). He wants us to have the best life here and eternal life hereafter. His pointedly speaks to our need to live obediently to Him (Heb. 5:8-9).
If you are not living as God has instructed in His word that you should live, He loves you too much to ignore that fact. Do whatever is needful for you to become what God wants you to be. Ask yourself this revealing question: “Do you love God enough to obey Him?