Read: Matthew 23:23-28

In Matthew 23:23–28, Jesus delivers a sharp rebuke to the Pharisees and teachers of the law for their hypocrisy and neglect of justice, mercy, and faithfulness. This passage provides a compelling example of how Jesus expressed love without tolerating sin. His approach was not about mere tolerance or passive acceptance; it was about calling people to a higher standard while caring deeply for them.

Jesus showed love in the way He interacted with people, offering grace, forgiveness, and the opportunity for redemption. However, He never shied away from confronting sin. His rebukes were not out of anger or disdain but out of a desire to see genuine spiritual transformation in the lives of those He addressed.

The difference between loving someone and tolerating sin is significant. Loving someone means genuinely caring for their well-being and seeking what is best for them in God’s eyes. It involves speaking truth, even when it is difficult, and pointing them towards repentance and change. Tolerating sin, on the other hand, can mean ignoring or accepting behavior that is harmful and contrary to God’s will, often under the guise of being non-judgmental or accepting.

To emulate Jesus’ approach, we need to balance truth and grace. It involves developing a heart of compassion, a commitment to truth, and a reliance on the Holy Spirit for wisdom and guidance. Our goal should be to gently and respectfully guide others towards God’s truth, just as Jesus did, while always demonstrating His love and grace. This approach calls for discernment, as each situation and individual is different, requiring a tailored response based on love and a deep understanding of God’s Word.

Reflection Questions:

  • How did Jesus show love while not tolerating sin?
  • What’s the difference between loving someone and tolerating sin?
  • How can you emulate Jesus’ approach?