We all already know what Christ preached and what He desires, and that is love. “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love” (Rom 18:4). But what does love mean? John Lennon once sang, “All you need is love.” But there must be some difference between what Mr. Lennon was shouting about and what Christ was proclaiming, right?
So what is Christ’s definition of Love? There is a really solid definition right in the letter to the Corinthians:
Love is always patient and kind; love is never jealous; love is not boastful or conceited, it is never rude and never seeks its own advantage, it does not take offence or store up grievances. Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but finds its joy in the truth.
The first few lines show that Christ desires a world where people are patient with each other. He desires people to be kind to each other, and not to be jealous, pompous, inflated, rude, self-seeking, or short-tempered with each other. Today’s popular belief is that love means tolerance. We are told that we can show our brothers and sisters in the world that we love them by being tolerant and accepting of everything they do. However, this is not the case. We cannot pretend to rejoice over wrongdoing. If our brother sins we are supposed to rebuke him (Lk 17:3). Christ does not wish to see a culture of judges and condemners, but He does want to see brothers and sisters who admonish each other in order to help guide one another off the wrong path.
Guys on Modesty is not about telling individuals that they are bad people; it is about guiding each other on to the path to happiness. Just remember this: any kind of vice will eventually bring you sadness. Those who seek the path of virtue do so because it is the only thing that will bring happiness, and that is man’s most fundamental desire: happiness, beatitude, bliss, joy, grace. So if you wish this joy for your brother or sister, do not do them the disfavor of allowing them to continue down the path to heartache.