Does True Love Include Disapproval?

Contrary to popular opinion, we need affirmation and rebuke in order to grow into mature adults who love Jesus and have healthy consciences. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #devotions

Many Christians equate love with approval, affirmation, and praise.

They equate hate with disapproval, rebuke, and punishment.

This is a huge misunderstanding.

God's love for us is perfect. That's why He punishes, rebukes, and warns us as well as affirming and encouraging us.

“Do not lose heart and give up when you are corrected by Him; For the Lord disciplines and corrects those whom He loves, And He punishes every son whom He receives and welcomes [to His heart].” Hebrews 12:5-6 AMP

“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.” ~ Jesus, Revelation 3:19

Parents who always approve, affirm and praise their children hinder their spiritual growth.

Parents who balance affirmation with disapproval, rebuke, and punishment enable their children to become responsible, self-controlled, God-fearing adults.

God isn't seeking children who feel affirmed no matter what they do. He's seeking children who understand the true meaning of love:

“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.” John 14:23-24
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Contrary to popular opinion, we need affirmation and rebuke in order to grow into mature adults who love Jesus and have healthy consciences. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #devotions

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  1. I've been reading your 1 minute Bible Love Notes now for awhile and am so thankful for your stand on so many spiritual issues. It's easy to feel like a fish out of water in our "modern" culture and you are willing to speak up for what God says is truth. Thank you!!

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