Jesus has no words of praise for the church in Laodicea. It would have been easy for them to think that he no longer loved them. In fact, the very opposite was true. The fact that he cared enough to discipline them showed his love. As I wrote in Letters From The Lamb:
It’s common in our modern world for parents to feel that the best way to show love for their children is to give them free rein and not correct them in anything. Yet the Bible says the exact opposite. If we truly love, we will discipline. The letter to the Hebrews says it well: “And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.” (Hebrews 12:5-8) Failure to discipline is not love; it’s either a lack of love or it is cowardice. True love disciplines, challenges, corrects. If Jesus did not love the church in Laodicea, he would not waste his time writing to a church that had lost its passion. The very fact that he cares enough to point out their faults shows that he loves them.
(Letters From The Lamb, pp. 153-54)
True love is willing to face the discomfort that comes from discipline. We also have to be willing to be corrected by God, even if that discipline is less than pleasant.