“But speaking the truth in love…” (Ephesians 4:15)
Jonah, the prophet, provides us with an example of truth preached without “love”. Or, without true, heartfelt compassion for the people he preached to.
However, people were still saved. And Christ later honored Jonah. Despite his unloving attitude. Despite his original disobedience. Jonah actually did the best thing anyone could do for the Ninevites. The greatest thing anyone could ever do for them.
So, what would have happened if Jonah had “loved” them, had shown deep compassion for them, and then preached a “softer” message than God had commanded him to preach?
What if that softer message or a delayed message (waiting for a better opportunity at a later time) did not lead them to repentance?
Nineveh would have been destroyed. They would have died in their sins.
How “loving” would that have been?