Love is Not Silent

martin lutherMany Christians do not share the gospel of Jesus with others because they either, feel “shy” and just don’t have the words to say, or they don’t want to judge others by telling them that they have sin in their life. But we’re not judging anyone when we try to share the gospel with them, or when we point out blatant sins in their lives that will keep them from God. The truth is that love is not silent. It speaks loud!

If there was a hole in the road up ahead and we knew that a car full of children was heading toward it unknowingly, wouldn’t we want to warn the driver of the danger up ahead? Wouldn’t our heart be afraid for those people knowing that they will all die if they keep going? Out of sheer love for people, wouldn’t we want to warn them? It would be wrong to do nothing, to say it’s not our problem because it is our problem. We know of the danger and we should to warn them because they don’t know.

How guilty we would be when we learned of their death—one that could have been prevented if we’d warned them! And likewise, how guilty we’ll be when we know that others are headed to hell because we didn’t warn them!

  • When I say unto the wicked, ‘Thou shalt surely die’; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.—Ezekiel 3:18

The only thing that separates us from God is sin. We were all born with sin because we are all ancestors of Adam and Eve who turned their backs on God and brought sin upon us all. God withdrew His Spirit from them because of this sin and they became the sole possessions of the devil, the epitome of sin. But because God loved them so much and because sin cannot stand in His presence without being burned up, He could no longer dwell with them. But He did not forget them; He promised to send them a Savior who would bring us all back to Him.

haloAs Christians, we know the love of God and we’ve been washed of our sins through the blood of Jesus. But there are many “good” people in the world who are content thinking that God is okay with them because, after all, they’ve never really broken any of the main commandments. They haven’t killed anyone, don’t have graven images in their home and haven’t robbed a bank, so they’re okay. But unfortunately, even one tiny sin—one seemingly unimportant little lie committed sometime during their life—is still sin! And it will find them guilty and they will be sentenced to eternal hell when they die because of it.

  • For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.—Romans 6:23

It is our responsibility to help the lost find Jesus. This isn’t the job of just pastors or preachers; it’s the job of every single Christian! The pastor’s job is to build the congregation up so they can stay spiritually strong to go out into the mission field and bring the lost to Jesus, and so they can pray for the sick and help those who need help. Jesus told us all to preach the gospel.

  • And He said unto them, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature’.—Mark 16:15

We don’t have to be aggressive or rude or judgmental when we tell others about the Lord. In fact, the best way to know that we are witnessing to others in a good attitude is to pray and study the scriptures so we can not only learn about God, but so that we can know His love in us. When we are confident of God’s love for us, we are able to share that love with others. We are able to talk to the lost and tell them about Jesus without being cruel. We can’t just walk up to someone and tell them that they’re a sinner and will go to hell because that person will think we’re rude and judgemental and will never talk to us. Jesus didn’t approach people that way and neither should we.

We need to engage in conversations with people and meet them at their level so we can communicate with them and bring them up to God’s level. No, we don’t agree with them or participate in worldly sins with them, but we can talk to them with an attitude of love and understanding so we can win their confidence. Our own actions and caring attitude will allow us the opportunity to talk about their sins and we can share the gospel with them. And we do that without calling them names or judging them. We can show them God’s love and tell them that if they’re not saved they’ll stand to be judged for their sin when they die, but if they repent and accept Jesus they will live forever in Heaven.

  • How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?—Romans 10:14

3460403278_8e2cb549f8_mWe have to warn people that Judgment Day is coming! We have to tell them that anyone who has not accepted Jesus as their Savior and who has not repented of their sins and been pardoned by Him will be judged according to those sins—and the punishment comes without parole. It’s eternity in hell and no movie on this earth has come close to the horror and fear of that judgment.

Let’s not keep God’s love to our self. Let’s share that love with the lost so they can be saved and know Jesus. Let’s be a modern-day Christian Paul Revere and warn them while there’s still time. When we get to Heaven, we want God to be happy with us and not disappointed because we didn’t warn the people that He put across our path. We can’t say that His love is in us when we don’t share it with others. We will be accountable for our actions—or lack of—because it is wrong to stay silent and hide God’s love from people. It’s wrong to not care that someone could have made it to Heaven if we’d only cared enough to tell them about it.

We need to be God’s disciples and we need to share His love others and tell them about Heaven and hell so they can realize that there is a choice to make. To not say anything to them and to just leave them to live in their sin would show a lack of love on our part. And if God’s love for us can take Jesus to the cross to be crucified, then surely our love for Him can tell others that He did it!

  • Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.—1 John 4:7-11

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