Modeling God’s love during Valentine’s month and beyond! (Week 3)

February 13, 2020

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16

What is God’s love? God’s love can be best expressed by the Greek word, agapao. Agapao love is determined love. It is love in action! God’s love was determined to save humankind from their sins, therefore, God in His great love, sent His only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ, to die on the Cross for our sins; Jesus demonstrated God’s special love in that while we were yet in our sin, Christ died for us! (Romans 5:8.) At the Cross, God placed the full weight of His love on display to be seen and accepted by all! Beloved, we deserved punishment for our sin, instead God gave us heaven! Praise God! This week in continuation of this series, I will present another great way of modeling God’s love – that is, telling others about Jesus.

Tell others about Jesus

In the Great Commission, Jesus said, we must first “go” and evangelize by sharing the gospel. The word “evangelism” is expressed in the New Testament Greek Lexicon as “euaggelizo” which means to bring the good news; to announce glad tidings. Proclaiming the gospel to others is grounded in a command we all have been given in Matthew 28:19-20. Every Christian’s response to the Great Commission is to commit to sharing the gospel with others. There are many ways we can spread the gospel of Jesus verbally and sometimes without even saying a word. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Share ways God has been active in your life.

2. Share ways God has changed your life.

3. Open the door of a person’s heart by simple acts of kindness.

4. Send text messages that includes a Scripture or an inspirational “Thought of the Day.”

5. Use your social media presence to share your thankfulness that Christ died for your sins and how much God means to you!

You do not have to be a theologian or Bible scholar to show God’s love by telling others about Jesus; simply plant the seed in a person’s heart of the Good News of Jesus and God will come along through the ministry of the Holy Spirit and can soften a person’s heart to receive the Gospel! Sharing the Good News is a wonderful way to encourage a person that the only way to find true love is by trusting in Jesus.

Encourage your youth and teens to also share the gospel message. A Gospel Generation: Bible Studies for Youth Around the Globe (Lester, Judith T., Townsend Press, Nashville, 2017) offers small group bible studies to teach young people to share their faith. A Gospel Generation is translated into more than 100 languages and is available to youth/teen groups all over the world. Follow the link at: https://www.sspbnbc.com/store/books-bibles/books/a-gospel-generation-bible-studies-for-youth-around-the-globe/

A prayer for you:
Heavenly Father, may we all accept the challenge of showing God’s love to everyone we meet, friend, foe or stranger. One of the best ways we can show God’s love is by sharing the gospel of Jesus the Christ with someone who does not know the Christ. Amen.

Next Week: Conclusion

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