What does love really look like? Is it love to allow people to do whatever they wish? Is it love to let our kids tell us what to do so we never have conflicts? Is it love to just give them what they want?
Real love has boundaries. Real love sets limits. Real love sets standards of conduct and offers consequences. But real love also forgives.
“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense. The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.” Proverbs 10:12-14
So how do we know what to do?
Study the Word.
God gives clear expectations with clear consequences. He outlines the blessings that come with following His way and the problems that come when we don’t.
We are to do the same thing with our families, jobs, even our government. If we would simply follow Him, the blessings would come. I have to wonder why we don’t.
Lord, help me to follow You wherever You lead. Help me to understand that the greatest blessing of all is knowing You.