“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil; …” (Revelation 2:2a/KJV).
This is a bible-blog on the subject of love. Some might think love means that just anything goes. Yet this is not what the Bible teaches.
As you follow the holy writ, some ethical and moral standards are to be considered binding to the Christian church. A Christian is not supposed to just please himself. A believer also has to consider what is good and helpful to another. Anything that could be harmful to a fellow believer should be avoided.
Christians are to help each other trust God. This is an essential goal of the church as described in the Bible.
The resurrected Jesus, who appeared to John on the Isle of Patmos, had him write the above words to the church at Ephesus. Jesus is pleased with the believers there because they did not come to terms with evil things going on round about them.
Being a Christian also means to become firm about essential standards. By taking a stand against evil you can help those who otherwise would be (or already have been) harmed by this wrongdoing.
On the other hand, the job of a church leader is not first of all a combination of a policeman, judge and disciplinarian. A pastor (as described in the bible) has to build others in faith.
In a good church, you would learn about God’s love and his readiness to forgive sins. You would gain confidence concerning God’s ability to change your attitudes to the better. You would learn how to overcome that which is sinful in your own life.
Christian love does not continually focus and meditate on evil. As Christians, we are called to point to the right way. We are to be the light of the world. We are to show others. We are to be an example of what Christian living might imply. We are to tell them that faith in Jesus opens up a new perspective on life.