In reading through 1 Corinthians lately I was reminded of a conversation I had recently about the supposed dichotomy between doctrine and love; the tension between knowing things and loving people. On the face of it, it looks clear. Here is the verse in question (I’ve abbreviated it to the present it in the form in which it was explained to me in my recent conversation);
Do you long to please Christ at His Judgment Seat? Do you wish to affect other believers in a positive way, even if you’re not in direct contact with them? Do you want to please God and know what is pleasing to Him in your life? If so, the last few verses of Hebrews are for you.
The prophet Jeremiah could not understand why the wicked people around him seemed to prosper. Called by God to pronounce sentence on the rebellious nation of Judah, he saw no repentance in response to his preaching, and no sign of imminent judgment on the horizon. On the contrary, sinful men and women carried on as normal with nothing to check their selfish behaviour, while Jeremiah, with his unpopular message of coming judgment, became the special target of their hostility. Should he relax his methods and message?