SHARE JESUS TIP: SHOW RADICAL LOVE
“We love because He first loved us.” — 1 John 4:19
Do you remember the moment when you first came to know Christ? What about the first time that you felt the overflowing love from the cross? Then experiencing the magnitude of His forgiveness and grace? And the abounding patience that He gave and still gives us when we fail? It will always be one of the best moments of our Christian lives. But what do we do with the love that we have? How do we point people to Christ through this love?
1. REACH OUT TO PEOPLE
Reaching out to people doesn’t limit us to just simply talking and asking them how they are. It’s constantly keeping in touch and being there when you know that your friend or a family member needs a listening ear. Reaching out to people can also be more than just allotting time to listen to what’s going on with their lives, but also blessing them with what the Holy Spirit is impressing in your heart to bless them with (could be groceries, or the money they need to pay off hospital bills). And yes, there will be times when the Holy Spirit will ask you to give when you barely have enough for your own — but that’s part of giving yourself away because you know that at the end of the day, it’s Jesus who supplies for your every need. What’s a couple of bills compared to what could be of the person you’re trying to reach and point to Christ?
REMEMBER: Always ask the leading of the Holy Spirit when giving your resources away. We are to be kind, but we are also to be discerning. Being sensitive will prevent people from being reliant on us instead of God.
2. FORGIVE AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS
In an argument, when nasty words have been thrown carelessly towards each other, it’s always both parties that end up getting hurt. If you find yourself in this situation because you lost self-control and patience, humble yourself and be the first to talk to the other person. Tell them that you’ve forgiven them and ask if they can forgive you too. It’s easier said than done and we may not feel like it but remember that forgiveness and humility is not an option for followers of Christ.
Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
It’s not hypocrisy to do something that you don’t feel like doing. Hypocrisy is not doing what you ought to do as a follower of Christ. Remember that we are recipients of forgiveness that we don’t deserve — extend that grace to people. The other person may turn down your apology and may not forgive you, but that’s okay! You did your part and how the other person would respond is completely out of your control. Instead, lift them up in prayers.
3. LOVE EVEN WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT TO LOVE
As the salt and light of this world, we will be placed in situations where there’d be a lot of opportunities to love difficult people. There’d be talkative and inquisitive people whom you’d just simply want to shut off and ignore like what the others are doing, but being patient in listening to them and treating them with kindness instead of sarcasm is what would set us apart. You may have a sibling who’s disrespectful and does not do chores and you can choose to cancel them out of your life just like the cancel generation is doing — but would that point your sibling to Christ?
Remember that each person that we encounter, no matter how difficult they are are loved by the same God who loves you. You are someone who’s difficult to love too, but you have been immensely and unconditionally loved by Jesus.
We are to extend that kind of love to people. It’s not just difficult — it is impossible without Christ. But because we have Him, we won’t run out of love to give.