And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. (John 3:19-20)

Reading through Isaiah, I can’t help but think of cities in America that are very ungodly and absolutely full of behavior that the Lord hates– abortion, worshipping other gods, murder, sexual immorality…

When Jesus, our prophet, priest, and King, went to people and told them that they had to repent of their evil ways, so many people got angry and hated him for telling them the truth.

Being a prophet must be the hardest thing in the world. And ministering to people that hate you for telling them the truth must also be really draining, but you can’t claim to truly love someone and be seeking first the Kingdom of God, as we’re told to do so in Matthew 6:33, if you don’t eventually point out behavior that is sending them to hell.

In my own family for example, I believe I finally have the courage to confront each and every one of them and ask them all to seriously consider if they are saved. I already have the verses I want to read to them, and I’m ready to do this thing.

Real love isn’t love that just gives you some nice comforting words and a pat on the back, and stepping away in order to avoid an uncomfortable situation.

Real love is dying to yourself in order to save people from themselves.

Jesus didn’t just die in order to get us to heaven… He saves us from ourselves.

I wonder how useful a mission trip would be to one of those cities I have in mind that is full of that kind of behavior. At one point, I imagine you’d have to pull an Isaiah if you truly love them and want to save them from their ways.

A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. (Proverbs 13:1)

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