Love is Always Right
18 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.19 And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him 20 whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; 22 and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.
23 And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24 All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.
I John 3:18-24
In Josh McDowell’s book, “Love is Always Right”, he said that when faced with a moral dilemma, we should choose to do the most loving thing. And even if we chose unwisely, it will be because we loved too much and not too little.
It seems that our world and our culture is changing at an exponential rate. What if we asked ourselves, “What is the most loving response and action in this situation?” instead of “What is the most moral or right thing to do?”
Jesus was once asked what is the greatest commandment and He replied that it is to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind. And, even though no one asked Him, He quickly followed with the second greatest commandment which is to love our neighbor as ourselves. These two commandments cannot be separated and we love God by loving others and we love others by loving God. They must be spoken together in one breath and thought of together as one great directive.
Jesus said that all the Law is fulfilled by obeying these two commandments. He later increased the stakes by saying that we should love our enemies. Loving our enemies require tremendous wisdom and strength. These commandments are not for the faint of heart or for the half-hearted disciple. But it is the right thing to do and God is only asking us to do something that He Himself was very willing to do.
Imagine how radically different public debate would be if we chose to do the most loving thing. What is the most loving response to our current issues of assisted suicide? Of gay rights and gender identity? Of ISIS and Islamaphobia? Or new sex education guidelines for Ontario? Or new health ministry rules for refugees and immigrants?
If we choose the most loving stance, it will change public discourse. It might even change how the world sees us. It might let others see Christ in us.
Submitted by Caroline W.