Love one another

At church we have been going through a series called “Let Freedom Ring”.  J.R. has been sharing with our church family what it’s going to take for us to reach the 90,000 people in a five mile radius of our church for the glory of God.  I have also been reading a book called “The Peacemaker” by Ken Sande in preparation for teaching that class to our seniors this year.  God is really surrounding me by the knowledge that people will be won or lost for the kingdom based on how they are treated.  What if the only way they experience God’s love is the way that I love them as I drive past them or walk past them in Wal-Mart?  What if the only Jesus they see is the way I treat my server when the food is slow or wrong?  What if their salvation rests on if I call to see how they are doing?

I ran across this quote today by Francis Shaffer that really sums it up for me…

Yet, without true Christians loving one another, Christ says the world cannot be expected to listen, even when we give proper answers. Let us be careful, indeed, to spend a lifetime studying to give honest answers. For years the orthodox, evangelical church has done this very poorly. So it is well to spend time learning to answer the questions of men who are about us. But after we have done our best to communicate to a lost world, still we must never forget that the final apologetic which Jesus gives is the observable love of true Christians for true Christians.” Francis Schaffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster, pgs. 164-165

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