Tough love is an expression used when someone treats another person sternly with the intent to help them in the long run. Tough love can be a very challenging exercise to carry out as our hearts are tender towards our loved ones.
However, a strong dose of tough love may be the last resort to helping someone get off the road of destruction.
King Solomon says in Proverbs 13:25 MSG “A refusal to correct is a refusal to love.”
When we protect someone from the consequences of their follies, we are actually enabling them in their problematic behavior – A refusal to correct is a refusal to love.
Enforcing the law of tough love is never a pleasant thing for both parties involved….but, it’s a necessary step to take because gentle rebukes don’t work well on a person bent on self destruction.
Tough love may be the refusal to stop giving second chances.
Because lack of respect increases when the boundary lines of tender love have been trampled on. Know your love limits and gain back your respect.
It is normal to appreciate, love and respect those who work diligently with us. When kindness is shown …we hold the giver in the highest esteem of love because of their generosity.
This is not difficult to comprehend if someone is ready to move past their destructive behavior.
The Bible says that we should warn those who are undisciplined, unruly, disorderly and reckless.
Be patient with everyone and always control our temper.
Be persistent in prayer.
Test all things carefully so that we recognize what is good. Hold firmly to what is good.
Reminder: God is faithful and dependable and can be trusted. We just need to trust God’s timing.
We need to ask ourselves if what we are doing today is getting the person closer to where we want them to be tomorrow.
The final choice lies in the person’s hands.