WHAT DOES LOVE DO?

“It’s love, it’s love, that makes the world go round.” “What the world needs now, is love.” These were popular songs a few years back. And, how correct they are. The Apostle Paul wrote in the 13th chapter of First Corinthians, “without love you are nothing (zero)”

Since love is absolutely critical in our living, we need to ask, “What does love do?”

First of all, LOVE CARES.
It has been said, “People don’t care how much we know, until they know how much we care.  Generally, the church prides itself on doctrine but the non-Christian could care less. They want to see and feel our love. Love is concerned about what is happening in people’s lives. Love is not judgmental. Love neither approves nor condemns. That is left up to God.

Secondly, LOVE LISTENS.
Listening to another human being as to what they think and how they feel is genuinely loving that person. Love does not dictate to another person as to what they should think. Truth cannot be used as a club to beat people into submission. We need to find out where people are in their thinking and lead them from there to what they can become.

Thirdly, LOVE PLACES PROPER RESPONSIBILITY.
Each person must live their own life. Whose else can they live? More crudely, it can be put, “Every tub has to sit on it’s own bottom.” We must learn to hold people with open palms. Like holding a small bird in your hand. If you leave your hand flat the bird is apt to stay. But, when you commence to close the hand, wrap the fingers around the bird, it will feel trapped and try to fly away. So, it is with people. People must hear the Word of God but whether they accept or reject is up to them. We must allow them their freedom of choice, God does.

Our task is to plant the seed of God which is His Word. We must water and cultivate that truth but it is up to God to give the increase. Our responsibility is not to save souls. Our task is to speak the truth with love and God by His Spirit will do the saving, if man responds. Salvation has to be an individual response. God judges people out of motives, intents, struggles of the heart.
David Rupert wrote, “Christians are to be first responders to a hurting world. Our medicine is mercy. The greatest tool in our bag is compassion.”

LOVE PEOPLE INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD THROUGH THE TRUTH OF GOD.

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