I remember when I met Susan. She called in to our live television show a few years ago. Her voice was shaking, and she was very nervous. Susan said that she felt like God had thrown her out of His life.
When I asked why she felt that way, Susan told me, “In every church I have attended, people judge me when they find out about my past.” Apparently, she had been married multiple times, and had some past sins that she was ashamed about. Susan felt that she didn’t fit in at any church.
Isn’t that sad? What Susan needed was Christians to really show her Christ-like love. To accept her for where she was, not judge her past, and encourage her to grow in the Lord. Jesus Himself commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves.
So why is it so difficult to love others sincerely? Because loving as Jesus loves is impossible to do on our own. We need God’s love in us, to show that love to our world.
First John 4:19 says, “We love because He first loved us.”
Loving well takes practice, and resting in the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. But it’s absolutely essential if you want to see people changed. Love, my friend, is the essence of reaching your world for Jesus Christ.