“We were gentle among you, like a nursing mother caring for her children. We cared so deeply that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our own lives as well. That is how beloved you have become to us.” 1 Thessalonians 2 :7,8
By now most of you have probably heard that the COVID-19 coronavirus has spread to several different countries. Many health professionals are putting their lives at risk by caring for these sick people. (I am thankful for their courage and care to many people that I do not even know.)
When we talk about a sickness like the coronavirus, we think of it as a big thing. But each individual virus is microscopic. It is the multiplication and spread of these microscopic viruses that cause a person to become sicker and sicker, sometimes to the point of death.
Sin is like the coronavirus. It may start small, but it grows and multiplies and will eventually cause many types of death if not treated.
Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself for me (for each of us) is the cure for our sin sickness. Spreading this message is NOT spreading religion!
It is spreading hope!
If I know the cure, I should be excited to share it for the healing of the sickness and brokenness of others! The choice of whether or not they want to accept the cure rests with them.
In my experience, part of the human condition is that we like to talk about that which we love, that which brings us joy.
I’m glad that someone loved Jesus enough to tell me about Him! Do you love Jesus enough to tell others about Him?
We need to have a tender heart for the lost and speak up so that those who are sin-sick can hear how they can be healed.
If we expect others to know that the way we live a righteous life is through Christ’s strength without telling them, it’s like living in good health and expecting someone who is sick to know by osmosis that we know how to help them find their way back to good health. It’s like keeping quiet about what we know that can help them be healed from the corona virus instead of telling them or taking them to someone who can help them be healed.
Today I’m thankful that God sent someone to care about me enough to tell me the Gospel, the good news of God’s love and forgiveness!
What about you? Are you thankful that someone loved Jesus enough and cared enough about you to tell you about Jesus’ great love for you? Do you care enough for others to share this gift that you’ve received?
Lord, please help us care about others enough to tell them the Gospel, the good news of Your love and forgiveness. Help us to see them the way You do, with a tender heart that desires to see them healed, forgiven, and restored to You. Give us compassionate hearts and the courage to speak up and tell them the good news about Your love so that they will be healed and be thankful that someone cared enough about them to tell them the good news of Your love for them.
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