If the world is to be reached in our generation with the good news of Christ’s love it will mean getting involved with people.
MATTHEW 9:35-38 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Often times Christians get lost in the world of church services, guest speakers, prayer and Bible study and seldom lift up their eyes to see the ripened harvest field waiting to be reaped. Jesus who walked in all the fullness of God was called a friend of sinners.
MATTHEW 11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and awinebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.”
MATTHEW 9:10 Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.
His life was spent in reaching out to people separated from God and headed for an eternity of torment. He did it not by criticizing them for their wicked ways and condemning them with a condescending attitude but by confirming their value through association with them. Jesus loves sinners as well as saints and so will we when we are filled with all the fullness of God. Love will compel us to touch the unclean as Jesus did when He healed the leper and the woman with the issue of blood. Love has moved men to go to the mission field losing sight of the comforts of home and the luxuries of our leisure lifestyle. The love of God sees the value of the person even before they respond and does all it can to rescue that person.
ROMANS 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
You see we must love them while they are yet sinners. You say that’s hard to do when they are so contradictory to you in all your attempts. No one knows it as well as Jesus and yet He still triumphed over hatred with the love of God. (HEBREWS 12:3)
The love of God in you knows no limits and will enable you to go as far as necessary to show love until that sinner is convinced. You can believe that it’s real love they are looking for and real love that will win their hearts.
1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-8 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
Remember it well, love never fails.
God loves you so much that there is absolutely nothing He will not do for you. Ask Him to reveal that fact to your heart so that you may say to Him “I love you Lord and there is nothing that I will not do for my brothers and sisters in Christ and the lost.” Then you will be walking in the fullness of God.