Real Love Exposes Sin – and the Sinner Welcomes It!

By David Ould, Stand Firm


Often we hear our critics speak about how Jesus is “loving” in a way that assumes that this “love” of Jesus is something that simply affirms everyone in the state of life that Jesus finds them. It’s an attractive way of thinking and, really, what people are saying is “I want you to affirm me exactly as I am”. In other words, people don’t like to be honest about our sin. And who can blame them?



It’s a version of “love” that is particularly prevalent amongst those challenging us over sexual ethics and no more so than in the debates over homosexual behaviour. During a recent piece of media work I did I heard the same argument put again and again and again; “God is loving so why don’t you love people?” By implication I must surely not love people because I was prepared to say that their personal lives were not properly ordered (just as, no doubt, my own is certainly not).



But Jesus’ love is far more powerful and wonderful and, above all, transformative than that. One example will be enough to make my case.



In John 4 we see Jesus meet a woman drawing water at a well at noon. The normal time of day to do this task would be dawn or dusk, to avoid the heat. But she has something more terrifying to avoid; other people. As becomes quite clear very quickly her life is not what it should be.


John 4:16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,”she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”


Now I think that’s pretty confronting! Jesus lets her know He knows all about her life and, in particular, the sin that has brought her to the well at midday and, no doubt, estranged her from everybody else in the village.



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