The Greatest Love

Love each other as I have loved you. This is what I’m commanding you to do.

The greatest love you can show is to give your life for your friends.

You are my friends if you obey my commandments.

John 15:12‭-‬14 GW

Do any of you have wisdom and insight? Show this by living the right way with the humility that comes from wisdom.

James 3:13 GW

Peter answered them, “All of you must turn to God and change the way you think and act, and each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift. This promise belongs to you and to your children and to everyone who is far away. It belongs to everyone who worships the Lord our God.”

Acts 2:38‭-‬39 GW

The trouble with being ignorant is that you don’t know what you don’t know.

There’s a big difference between knowing about God and knowing God.

Similarly, there’s a vast ocean between knowing about Scripture and knowing Scripture.

One is knowledge, one is intimate fellowship.

It’s the difference between being a Pharisee or an expert in Moses’ Teachings and being a disciple of Jesus.

My burden for the lost overwhelms me because I was once a lost soul, too.

Why didn’t anyone share the Good News with me?

I was searching for truth.

I was in desperate need of peace.

I was dying for lack of love.

I even knew some Christians from time to time.

They were always smiling and friendly.

Yet, they never invited me to one of their meetings.

Was I too wild?

Was I beyond saving?

Had this sick and perverted generation corrupted me beyond all hope?

No.

I had to become a suicidal, homeless drug addict and alcoholic before my pride was broken.

The human ego is a cancer to the soul.

It wants to be right.

It wants what it wants.

It is not submitted to God.

It’s part of our carnal, human nature that needs to be crucified.

How do we get saved?

Do we clean up our acts first?

Do we have to become acceptable before we’re accepted?

No.

God loves us.

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners.

God loved us first.

Then, we wake up and realize it and love Him back in return.

Then, we get the Holy Spirit.

It gives us the power to overcome our flesh nature.

I’ve been in my share of recovery circles.

There is no real recovery without Jesus.

God and God alone has the power to deliver us from our demons.

I wonder if anyone in recovery knows that we’re actually in the practice of casting out demons and making disciples?

That probably wouldn’t go over so well at the local Anonymous meeting.

Oh well, I can pray silently to my Father in Heaven for my fellow man.

No one comes to the Father unless the Holy Spirit draws them through Jesus.

Christ is our King and our example.

He laid His life down to rescue us.

He knew who He was, and He became a humble servant.

When He healed people and performed miracles He told people not to say anything about it.

He didn’t want to draw attention to Himself.

He just wanted to get the job done and glorify God in Heaven.

Lose your life.

You were purchased for a price.

The blood of Jesus.

Our lives were never our own.

We’re either a slave to sin or a slave to God.

You either love God or you love the world.

You either serve God or you serve wealth.

Who controls this fallen world?

Isn’t it the rich elite?

Pray for them that they would repent and come to serve the Lord.

There are millions and millions of people just like I was wandering the streets.

We can save them before it’s too late.

Share the hope that Christ brings.

Share the love of Jesus.

One life changed can change the world.

Look at Billy Graham.

One man preaching at a revival service brought the late Reverend to faith.

He went on to preach the Gospel to millions.

You never know who you’re going to meet.

Or what they will become.

Do the loving thing.

Share Jesus with them with all your heart.

Plant seeds.

God will make them grow.

You have nothing to lose and the world has everything to gain.

Be a friend of God.

In Jesus’ Name I pray.

Amen.

2 thoughts on “The Greatest Love”

  1. Thank you. This is quite wonderful. Years ago, I went on an ‘outreach’ and was struck by the awkwardness of how the Word was being presented by those I went with. They were locked into a script making it all seem mechanical and odd. I was not allowed to speak in the ‘outreach’ and the person sounded like a Stepford wife. While their heart was right, the method was not the best. Each time someone tried to engage in actual conversation the leader tried to get them back on script. It was awkward and rather awful for all involved. I want to speak to people and more importantly listen to them, to learn how to love them, how to pray for them and as He leads, share how God changed me in a way that opens heart, not shuts them down. Lord, help us become what you have created us to be.

  2. I understand what you mean. When I first got trained in street evangelism it was all about getting people to convert right there on the spot.

    God meets us where we’re at. Now, I’m not so results driven and instead am thrilled to just be a part of His process.

    If we’re rude and pushy that just turns people off. Better to plant the seeds and let others water.

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