There is a lot of literature circulating these days about love and acceptance. The world claims that tolerance is the answer to every issue and I'm not here to argue that they are wrong. I think one of the greatest gifts we can give to one another is respect and healthy tolerance. It takes a bigger person to build up instead of tear down. I don't know how to feel about the overload of love because who can have too much love?
Well, the truth is...
No one can have too much love because we all lack the ability to love as we should. There is no one I've ever met who loves perfectly. Whether the tabloids and Facebook posts are attacking or supporting someone, there is always another side that receives the negativity at the expense of acceptance. That is the result of sin in a broken world.
We get that, we understand that before Christ we are dead to sin.
But this summer I am reading through Philippians and found some relevant truth last night that struck me soundly with the answer I have been searching for.
"And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and be so pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God..."
Those words are clear and strong. Growing in love, gaining knowledge and discernment. As I said, it is easy to tear down. Where I find the greatest struggle is how to love wisely and with a stance against things I know to be wrong. So yes, we are called to tolerance and love. But as Christians we are also called to know deeply what is the will of God and to follow that as best we can. The results will be messy, no doubt. I will fail, of course. But I know this:
Jesus did not fail.
He would know just what to say in the flurry of today's media. The confidence of a heart wrapped around Him rather than wrapped around personal opinion is the heart I want to possess. So as I read the opinions and ultimatums of those who think they know best, I will hold fast the the One that knows all of us best and loves us the same.