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Love Is Admonitory
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Love does not mean we allow others to take advantage of or to be dependent on us. Spoiling or pampering is not love. When we know some people are not going to the right path, we should remind them. It is up to them to take heed of the advice or not but at least we have done our part. Endorsing other people's mistake due to political correctness is wrong.

Some people advocate that we should not tell other people's mistake so that we will not be hated. This is in contrast with Christian teaching. Indeed advice when most needed is least heeded. Due to fallen nature, people can even turn violent towards loving advice. Out of love, we should tell them although we will be hated. Ignoring other people's mistake is not right (Ezekiel 33:8). Christians should be like salt, preserving others from corruption (Matthew 5:13). For example if we see someone smoking when handling a flammable volatile substance, we should admonish the person.

Telling others about their mistake is not judging. However if we also have the same mistake, we should not give the advice or else we are hypocritical (Matthew 7:5). When giving the advice, do it humbly. Advise the person if what he is doing will cause trouble to him later. Teach a man to fish rather than giving him a fish. Gospel preaching is also an example of giving advice.

Avoid buying from people who may use the profit for their own destruction. If someone is indulging in sin, the more money they have, the more they are stuck in sin. Money becomes a curse for them. Do not spend money on watching sports, movies, races or concerts. The money we spend will cause the people involved in those to indulge in sin.

Bible verses cited in this article
Ezekiel 33:8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Matthew 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

Posted: 2016-11-12 by Ong Seng Aun.
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