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