Monday, February 11, 2008

Conveying the Love of Christ

Basically there are two groups of people in the earth, those who are lost and those who are being saved, or those who are “of the world” and those who are in the Body of Christ. We must not expect those who are of the world to behave the same as those in the Body. Those who are of the world are lost, hurting, and afraid. Those in the Body are supposed to be announcing the “good news” of the saving power of Jesus Christ to the lost, leading with faith, healing and being courageous.

Therefore:

“Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” (Colossians 4:5-6 NASU)

Here we are instructed by the Holy Scripture to conduct ourselves toward those who are not of the faith with wisdom; possessing an understanding of God’s truth---and also having the ability to apply that knowledge to the greater benefit of the unbeliever; using good judgment “making the most of the opportunity” in proclaiming the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

Always letting our speech be with grace, for grace, like salt, purifies and preserves; thus our speech should be of the nature of godly grace, never harsh, abrasive or abusive, but reflecting and conveying the love of Christ. As salt destroys impurities and thus preserves, let our speech be such, to oppose the corruption of sin, leading to the preserving of the soul. And let our conversations be with such sound judgment, that we may discern how to treat the adverse judgments or opinions formed beforehand, without proper knowledge of the facts, and meet the objections of all who are without faith in our Lord Jesus.

Selah.

James C Sanford

1 comment:

Brother Mark said...

Great Post. And the truth will set them free.

Keep up the Work while it is
still day. The harvest is white
and darkness fast approaching.

God Bless,
BrotherMark