Tolerance or Love?

Josh McDowell has this to say about the difference between tolerance and love:

Which is harder? Tolerance says, “You must approve of what I do.” Love responds, “I must do something harder: I will love you, even when your behavior offends me.”

Tolerance says, “You must agree with me.” Love responds, “I must do something harder: I will tell you the truth, because I am convinced ‘the truth will set you free.’”

Tolerance says, “You must allow me to have my way.” Love responds, “I must do something harder: I will plead with you to follow the right way, because I believe you are worth the risk.”

Tolerance seeks to be inoffensive; love takes risks. Tolerance glorifies division; love seeks unity. Tolerance costs nothing; love costs everything.

McDowell gives us a lot to think about. Many proclaim that tolerance is the greatest thing you can practice, but there were certain attitudes and actions that Jesus simply would not tolerate when he walked this earth. Sometimes the loving thing to do is to stand for what is right rather than tolerate any ungodly activity that is championed by the world. As always, we must allow Jesus to have the final word on everything, including tolerance and love.

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”—1 Corinthians 13:6.

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