Motto: ” Open rebuke is better than secret love.” (Prov 27:5)
I think it is important to speak about this issue, because if it is so fashionable to emphasize and appreciate emotions (sentimentalism and occasionally sensuality), and the importance of love, then why are there so many bad things in the world? It is also very important to investigate if this way of thinking is the same as the love about which the Bible speaks: love without pretension (2 Cor 6:6 ~love unfeigned) and hypocrisy, manifested in deed and truth (1 John 3:18)?
The following two verbs are worth of thinking:
Prov 27:6 "Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful."
Prov 26:24-25 "He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.”
The love of God and the love of the world
I was wondering if Paul's letter to the Romans claims the world to be without natural affection (1:31) and Galatians 5:22 defines love as the fruit of the Spirit how is the world able to love or what does the world find to be worth of love?
Well, we cannot speak about love generally, since the Word warns that the love of God and love of the world is not to the same, what’s more one excludes the other:
1 John 2:15 "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
James 4:4 "... know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."
The difference between the two attitudes are counterpointed to an objectified notion by the Word:
1 Timothy 6:10 "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
Matthew 6:24 "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. "
Luke 16:13 "A servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other, or one of them sticks, and despise the other. You can not serve God and mammon. "
Love is not indifferent
The Decalogue (10 Commandments of God) declares that he is a jealous God. (Exod 20:5)
Hebrews 12:6 "... whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth."
Revelation 3:19 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent."
Nevertheless, or perhaps because it is for learning and remaining, we may have boldness in the day of judgment as it is written in 1 John 4:17, and the truth is that, "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."; "... he first loved us" (1 John 4:10, 19)