“Love for the Lost and Broken”
Submitted by Mark O. Wilson
Key test: Luke 19:10
Here’s a challenge for you. Throughout this week, make a special effort to look at each person you meet through “love-colored glasses.” In other words, as you come in contact with individuals, pray that you will see them through the eyes of Christ.
If we view others through the eyes of Jesus, we will realize how precious and priceless they are.
Lost and broken people matter to God. They matter so much that Jesus came to this earth and died on a cross for them. If they matter this much to Jesus, then they certainly ought to matter to us.
If we have the love of God in our hearts, then we have no choice but to love deeply from the heart. We can’t be picky about who we love. Our Lord loves everybody – and we are called to do the same.
Sadly, many broken people feel alienated and judged by church people. Instead of feeling love flowing from us, they feel condemnation. My prayer is that our neighbors and friends will describe us as the most loving people they know.
God depends on you and me to pass on His love. Every Christian has a debt to discharge that he can repay in no other way.
One of the greatest ways to love broken and hurting people is to remember them by name in prayer. You can provide blessing, encouragement, strength, and hope to your friends by lifting them up in prayer before the Lord.
Of course, it’s good to follow up and put feet to your prayers as well. Let us love with our actions as well as our words.
Love is nothing until you give it away, and tennis is the only place where love means nothing!