Tough Love

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15

Take note of those who do not obey what we say in this letter; have nothing to do with them, so that they may be ashamed.  Do not regard them as enemies, but warn them as believers.

Tough love

Paul was advising his readers to apply tough love to those believers who were not following his commandments. It reminds me of being a parent. You love your children and want to be their friend and play with them. But at the same time, you have a duty to train them up to be responsible adults who contribute to society rather than a drain on their community..

In like manner, the more mature in Christ must take a leadership role in guiding and strengthening those weaker in the faith. And sometimes that means not being their “buddy,” but being their true friend and warning then of their errors.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, be my guide. When I all weak let me take good instruction from the strong. When I am strong, help me, in love, lift the weak among us.

Amen.

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