Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
- Lamentations 3:22-24
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
- Psalm 100:4-5
“Bill Bright, the co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ (now called CRU), was so motivated by Christ’s command to carry the gospel throughout the world, that in the 1950s he wrote an evangelistic booklet, ‘The Four Spiritual Laws.’ When Bright originally wrote it, the first law was, ‘Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for his life.’ Then the second law read, ‘God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.’ But the night before publishing, the Holy Spirit awakened Bright and impressed him to reverse the sequence. Then he realized that the Lord wanted to emphasize that His love for people is His only motivation.”
- Presidential Prayer Team Devotion
I grew up in an age of fire and brimstone sermons, not at our church – at least not that often, but the other churches were noted for it, every Sunday. I listened to those sermons on the radio. I saw a few televised on local television.
But the pastor can get so caught up in where we might go if we do not turn to God that he forgets to talk about the One waiting for us to turn to Him. God is love. God loves us even before we turn to Him. We still must repent of our sin. God enters our heart and He starts cleaning house, but that does not diminish His love for us from the beginning.
Bill Bright flipped two of his four laws around and it made all the difference. It flipped the narrative. You start off in an evangelism narrative with “Repent sinners. You are going to Hell,” and folks run away. You start off with loving the other person, demonstrating that love, AND telling that other person the Source of that love. Then they are willing to hear what else you have to say. The ‘do-gooders’ might do the first two, but they shy away from the third one. Do they believe it? Do they believe that our source of love is from God? Or are they afraid of rejection? We put out the word, God does the rest.
Do you have someone to whom you can show love today?
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.