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Five Ways You Can Make God’s Love Real to Others

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35 (NKJV)

Christians are given the extraordinary privilege—and the extraordinary challenge—of sharing God’s love with others. The privilege comes from seeing the healing power of that love in the lives of hurting people. The challenge comes in trying to help people who have little interest in God recognize the life-changing power of His love. Here are five steps you can take to rise to the challenge.

Strategize

Do you have friends, family members, coworkers or acquaintances who don’t really care about God—or who seem to hold a grudge against Him? Have you been involved in social-media firestorms that erupted over seemingly innocuous posts about God? If so, you’re probably aware of some of the common arguments and objections people raise when it comes to the idea of a loving God (“If God loves us, why doesn’t He …?” or “Why would a loving God allow …?”). Consider these arguments and objections when you think about ways to make others aware of God’s love. Look for ways to avoid or defuse conversational landmines.

Empathize

Think about the doubts and obstacles you faced on your way to embracing God’s love. Think about any painful events in your life that might have made the Lord seem distant and unloving to you. Once you have a clear sense of your own rocky journey, you’ll be better prepared to connect with others who are facing similar struggles.

Consult

Some people’s reasons for resisting God—including bitterness, grief and an agnostic or atheistic upbringing—are extremely difficult to counter. If you encounter a situation like that, call in some backup. Talk to people who have more experience than you do when it comes to sharing God’s love. Pick the brains of wise, mature Christian leaders, teachers and professors for guidance on how to share and defend what you believe.

Personalize

Think of the many different ways in which you’ve experienced God’s love—and especially the many different people who helped show it to you. Ask yourself these questions:

• What was it about those encounters that was so meaningful to you?

• Why were certain people able to reach you when others weren’t?

• What can you learn from them that will help you share God’s love with others?

Begin

Sharing God’s love isn’t a prepare-until-we-feel-comfortable assignment. The need is too great. At some point—sooner rather than later—we have to jump in and start tangibly demonstrating God’s love to others. If that means “learning on the job,” so be it. Experience is a great teacher. The more you involve yourself in the lives of others, the quicker you’ll find different styles and approaches that work for you.

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For additional reading, check out the article 4 Bible Passages That Leave No Doubt About the Importance of Empathy as you continue your work to share the light of Christ.

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5 comments on “Five Ways You Can Make God’s Love Real to Others

  1. Chace elliott says:

    Insightful

  2. Busisiwe Twala says:

    It is so beutiful

  3. Rich Prickitt says:

    Your NKJV violates proper grammar. EX: In Matthew 16:18 (KJV), Jesus says, “. . . and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against “it.” And when the KJV arrives at Ephesians 5:25-27, it stays with the pronoun “it.”This is proper. The rule is: Once a pronoun is established for an antecedent in number-single or plural; in person-first, second, or third; and in gender-masculine, feminine, or neuter, that same pronoun may not be changed – EVEN though the Greek for it and her is the same, which, in this case, is autes.
    out of 39 versions/translations surveyed, 23 remain with “it” in the Ephesians passage, while 16 go with “her.” Or, if one insists on employing “her” in the Ephesians passage, then he or she must change the “it” in Matthew 16:18 to “her.” We would then hear (read) Jesus as saying, “. . . shall not prevail against “her.” Yes, there are other grammatical errors in the KJV as well as the NKJV, the NIV, the ESV, the HCSB, the NASB, etc., but they are not of any material consequence.

    Moreover, the Church is the body of Christ of which He is the Head. The Church is NOT the bride of Christ, yet there is one (Cf. Revelation 21:2, 9-11). And according to J.P. Moreland, if an entity is A, then that entity cannot be B: It’s either one or the other, but NOT both.
    If anyone would like, a much more in depth discussion can be had.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Rich Prickitt

  4. Christine Holliday says:

    Why “he” “his” when referring to God not in caps anymore. Pls explain as I’m still old school.

    kind regards

  5. Sarah Gatewood says:

    Proper grammar….that should be the least of our worries. We spend so much time concentrating on the little hens that the big, bad wolf raids the chicken coop when ever he wishes…just saying…

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