I'm doing this because I love you

Did your dad ever say, ‘I’m doing this because I love you’ and then disciplined you in some form or fashion? Mine did, although I now think I should have been disciplined more.

I bring this up because I recently read through Mark 10:17-24. It’s the time when a wealthy man asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus cites a number of commandments, including ‘Do not kill, do not steal [and] do not bear false witness.’ When the rich man responds with, ‘All these have I kept since I was a boy,’ notice how in verse 21 (KJV and NIV) Jesus looks at him and LOVING him says, ‘Yet there is one thing you lack.’ Jesus goes on to instruct the man to sell everything he has and give to the poor, but that’s a sermon for another day.

What I think is important here is that Jesus loved this man and corrected him out of that love, knowing this man valued his possessions way too much and needed to follow Jesus.

I believe this means it is okay to correct someone, to instruct someone and teach someone about sin and the choices they make. Jesus told the woman at the well that the man she was living with was not her husband. Meanwhile, we must teach people about Christ and what His death, burial and resurrection means for sinners who repent and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

If we don’t love someone enough to tell them about Christ, and all of Christ, then they may never know they are sinners. Sadly, there are self-identified Christians today who think Christians talk too much about hell and should instead focus more on serving others. I agree that servanthood is something churches should do more of, but without the complete picture of Jesus, we’re just being nice to each other.

I’m sorry if this hurts your feelings and you go away sad like the rich man who approached Jesus (Mark 10:22). However, I loved you enough to post this on One Million Dads. It’s the least I could do for the One who first loved me.

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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