love does not mean being a pushover

“We must stand up for the rights of our neighbour who is suffering from injustice;
we must defend them all the more vigorously because we see Jesus present in them.
Surely this is our duty because of our love for others for his sake.
We have no right to be ‘sleeping watchmen’ or dumb watch-dogs.
Whenever we see evil we must sound the alarm.”

Blessed Charles de Foucauld

(Sainte-Chapelle / Paris, France /Julie Cook / 2018)
Just because we are Christians does not mean that we are to bend to every whim of man.
We are not commanded to bend to everything and anything that happens in the name of
worldly tolerance and acceptance.
Our Christian beliefs in such things as compassion, acceptance and love…does not equate to the
acceptance and approval of sinful acts and actions.
Things that go against the word of God.

As Christians we understand that God has issued commandments.
A simple list of life lessons to live by.

As stated, we as Christians are created to love and are commanded to have compassion and to forgive…
yet we also understand that if anyone continues to sin,
continues to live a life outside of the commands of God,
then that is not a pass for approval nor acceptance.

We love, we forgive but we also honor the commandments of God.

“When we continually ‘see’ the work of God in our life,
there is less need for faith. When the perception of blessing or presence is removed,
there is an opportunity to exercise faith on a deeper and purer level,
which is very pleasing to God and unites us in a deep way with Him,
even when His closeness to us might not be felt.
John of the Cross tells us that it is this ever-increasing purification that most
directly and immediately unites us to God.
The act of deep trust and abandonment and fidelity that faith entails is very pleasing
to God and brings us very close to Him.”

Ralph Martin p. 170-71
An Excerpt From
The Fulfillment of All Desire

7 comments on “love does not mean being a pushover

  1. […] love does not mean being a pushover […]

  2. Salvageable says:

    I have been challenged to write a book about love, one that includes the many things about love I have said in sermons and Bible classes over the years. One of the harder sections will be the question of when it is loving to stand up for what is right and when it is loving not to resist evil but to answer it with good. A lot of the difference, I think, will come from our motivation. Are we standing up for God and his Truth, or we fighting for ourselves, our rights, our feelings? Two Christians might make opposite choices in the same situation simply because their motivations differ. J.

  3. Dawn Marie says:

    I just finished Dr. Martin’s latest book: A Church in Crisis, Pathways Forward. It’s phenomenal (despite it being sad to have a need for it to be written.) A small excerpt: “It’s time to tell people the truth again. It’s time for bold, prophetic preaching and teaching. We are fools if we continue down these well-worn and treacherous paths which have seen the shipwreck of so many even in our lifetime. These paths, these strategies, continue to send people out on the broad way that leads to destruction and hide from them the narrow door and path that leads to real life. We can’t stand by while deceptions, dark blindness, and outright stupidity jeopardize the salvation of so many.” p.200

    “Amen,” I say!

    • I’ve got the book somewhere in the stacks of books I’ve pulled from boxes—I just need to find it!!!!!
      Yes we need to shout from the roof tops the Truth!!!!

      • Dawn Marie says:

        You may have the original version. Dr. Martin updated it recently and it has been quite timely released with what is happening within our RC Church & the confusion coming from some of the Pope’s comments on particular issues. Dr. Martin addresses all of these very well. *Your beloved Cardinal Sara is referenced often.

      • I do love Cardinal Sara— his “retirement“ accepted a bit too quickly in my opinion—

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