Jesus love was reflected in everything he did and said. It is also true that Jesus loves you, but that must not be misunderstood! Jesus is the ultimate and perfect example of how to witness, teach, pray, etc. Our example is always the Lord Jesus.
Perhaps Jesus' great compassion for the widow of Nain when he raised her only son from the dead without her even asking him was one of the greatest all time examples of this to observe (Luke 7:11-15). But then, towards the other end of the gamut, was how the Lord Jesus operated in love for truth and souls when in public conflict with the false-teaching Pharisees. His example with them can help Christians better understand God's love demonstrated and how it is vitally linked with truth. With this in mind, let's focus in upon one of the Lord's public conflicts with the dangerous false teachers, the Pharisees in John 8:37-59:
I know you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word. (John 8:37)
I am telling you what I have seen in the Father's presence, and you do what you have heard from your father. (John 8:38)
“Abraham is our father,” they answered. “If you were Abraham's children,” said Jesus, “then you would do the things Abraham did. (John 8:39)
As it is, you are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. (John 8:40)
You are doing the things your own father does.” “We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.” (John 8:41)
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me. (John 8:42)
Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. (John 8:43)
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)
Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! (John 8:45)
Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? (John 8:46)
He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God. (John 8:47)
The Jews answered him, “Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan anddemon-possessed?” (John 8:48)
“I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. (John 8:49)
I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. (John 8:50)
I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” (John 8:51)
At this the Jews exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if anyone keeps your word, he will never taste death.” (John 8:52)
Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?” (John 8:53)
Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.” (John 8:54)
Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word. (John 8:55)
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
NOTE: 1 Cor. 13 is the love chapter and it states that evil is the opposite of truth and real love can't rejoice with such falsehood.
Jesus' perfect love for the rich young ruler manifested with that unsaved man hearing truth about salvation, which caused him to walk away sad and still in his sins. See Mark 10:21-23.
At a different time, Jesus stated the Pharisees (false teachers) would make their converts twice the sons of hell that they were (Mt. 23:15). There is no way to know how many souls these religious leaders were dragging down to hell with them. They were dangerous, but appeared on the surface to be righteous.
Jesus' anger towards the Pharisees is crystal clear at a different time:
Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus. (Mark 3:1-6)
Jesus went on in his public conflict with dangerous false teachers and said:
“Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” (John 8:56)
“You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” (John 8:57)
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58)
At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds. (John 8:59)
They were talking with God in the flesh and thought he was demon-possessed, yet all along they claimed to know God. They couldn't recognize God's love demonstrated in front of them!
1. It is not always wrong to oppose, in anger, false teachers in public. Jesus' love and example proves this to be so.
2. The love that God's word exalts is one that is synonymous with truth and the opposite of falsehood.
3. Jesus' love operated in perfect wisdom, etc., yet these false teachers were not open to receive the vital truth they needed more than anything. It was God's will for them to be saved, but they themselves negated God's will in this area. Not everyone Jesus witnessed to got saved even though they were presented with Jesus' love and truth.