Tuesday, January 9, 2018

He Never Told Us He Loved Us, But. . .

But how can they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher?
Romans 10:14

     I've heard it more than once, "Well, he never told us he loved us, but you just know he did." He provided for them. He took care of them. He just never told his family he loved them. No one wants a false profession of love. No one wants a daddy who says he loves them and then does nothing to prove it. But, let's be honest, words are important. What we want and what we need are friends and family who love us with both words and action, not one or the other. 
     Words are important and its important that we use them. God gave us words and tells us to use them to bless others. You can curse by not speaking as easily as you can curse by speaking. The spouse or child who never hears, "I love you. You are valuable to me.", is not blessed. Our failure to bless is the withholding of a blessing. It is a silent curse. Overcome your introversion, or aversion, and speak.
     There is no situation where this is more important than in fulfilling our mission in life as followers of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to make disciples. People do not become disciples by observing our pious lifestyles. They do not know God has loved them supremely through Jesus Christ by observing us. The hungry do not find eternal life by receiving a grocery bag of food from us. They cannot know who loves them, who has transformed us, and who is giving them food unless we tell them. They cannot know Jesus and eternal life unless we proclaim His name.

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