Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message (2 Timothy 4:14-15).
Look at Paul’s message here. Paul does not sound very loving in his discussion of Alexander the coppersmith. In fact, Paul sounds quite judgmental. Should he have used a more gentle tone? Maybe Alexander the coppersmith was a nice guy who was trying to defend the faith as he best understood it? Paul needs to be more loving!
But let’s stop and think about this for a minute. Paul addressed this letter “to Timothy, my beloved child” (2 Timothy 1:2). Paul was expressing his love toward Timothy in this letter. And Timothy had been placed over a young church to lead and protect it. Paul also loved the people in Timothy’s congregation. Paul loved Timothy, that congregation, and all of Christ’s church.
It is precisely because of Paul’s love for his true brothers and sisters in Christ that he warned them of false gospels and false teachers. Unfortunately, so many of our brothers and sisters in Christ today are confused about what true Christian love is; and, therefore, how true Christian love acts. Sometimes, the most loving thing we can do is point out the error, explain why the error is wrong, what the harm of the error is, and , yes, even point out the person responsible for the error. Some people (many people?) are not discerning enough to get past the personality and see the error.