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Revealing the Truth – Helping Others Recognize God’s Love

Sep 24, 2018 |

Second Kings 6 tells the story of King Aram’s attempts to silence the prophet Elisha. The king was understandably peeved by Elisha’s ability to predict where and when Aram’s army would attack Israel’s forces, thus eliminating Aram’s element of surprise and giving Israel a decided strategic advantage.

There is nothing to fear when you realize God’s loving protection.

One night the king of Aram sent his army to surround the city of Dothan, where Elisha lived. The next morning, when Elisha and his servant walked out of their house, they saw the assembled forces of Aram. The servant panicked because he could see nothing else.

Elisha stayed calm and asked the Lord to open his servant’s eyes. The servant was equally stunned and reassured by what he saw. An army of angels, far more vast and imposing than Aram’s forces, stood ready for battle. Though he hadn’t realized it before, the servant had nothing to fear.

Elisha’s servant was unable to recognize God’s protection, even though it surrounded him. In a similar vein, there are people in your orbit who are unable to recognize God’s love, even though it surrounds them.

How can you be an Elisha to them and help open their spiritual eyes?

The first step is to understand what blinds them. Many hurting people blame God for the pain and disappointment in their lives. They hear Christians talk about God’s power and wonder why He let one of their loved ones die. Worse yet, they see and hear what God has done in other people’s lives and wonder why He hasn’t done the same for them.

Their circumstances blind them to God’s love. They can’t see the handiwork described in Romans 8:28, how “all things work together for good to those who love God.” They need someone to help them see.

But not just anyone.

Because, in many cases, what blinds people to God’s love are the actions and attitudes of those who claim to follow the Lord. Some people might have felt unwelcome at church. Others may have experienced bullying at the hands of Christian peers. Still others may have learned all too well of the feet of clay of respected spiritual leaders.

Few things blur a person’s spiritual outlook like hypocrisy. Once bitten, twice shy, as the saying goes. Once people have seen hypocrisy in action, they become suspicious of—and sometimes antagonistic toward—anyone who speaks to them about God’s love.

The antidote for such cynicism is genuineness.

If people sense that…

  1. they’re not just a spiritual “project” to you, a way to earn a Christian merit badge
  2. you’re genuinely concerned about their well-being
  3. you have no other agenda beyond caring for them
  4. your goal is to help them find healing

they will respond … eventually.

Building that kind of trust requires time, consistency and transparency. God’s love shines through the one who makes time for her neighbor, It shines through the one who stands next to a grieving husband or father, not just for the duration of the funeral, but for months and years afterward.

People who are unfamiliar with God’s love may not recognize it at first. But they will recognize someone who genuinely cares for them and wants to help. That’s the work of Christ’s body in the world.

 

Think About It:

When is a time you helped someone experience God's love when they had trouble seeing it? What are some things you did to open their eyes? Share with us that story in the comments below.

4 comments on “Revealing the Truth – Helping Others Recognize God’s Love

  1. peggy a Young says:

    I helped a homeless couple with a place to stay and continue to reach out to them with love and prayers. I believe that the willingness to open my home has had a positive response in their lives. I am still praying for them and trusting God to bless and touch their hearts and lives.

  2. Dionna A. says:

    A couple years back I volunteered at a back to school rally, attended by hundreds of kids and their families. I was helping at a station that washed the feet of the children receiving a new pair of back to school shoes. The children were eager to receive their new shoes and greatful that we were washing their feet as a act of kindness and love.

  3. Georgina makombe says:

    Topic helping homeless:suit in that category and i am asking for advise and help. Thanks

  4. Rev'd Obajimi says:

    A few years ago, I saw a young man working as a gateman somewhere in the city. I was moves to ask him why he was doing that job and he said there was no money to further his education. I encouraged him to seek admission to a University. He did and was admitted. I tried my best to assist him through the university. While he was in His final year he told me he would want to be a Christian since he has been hitherto been a Muslim. To the glory of God he is now a Chistian but not without some persecution. It was at that time I knew that h8s father was long dead. Today he has been able to convince one of his siblings to follow him to Church. I have not seen him in person since the time I encouraged him to go to the University because he is in the northern part of Nigeria and I am in the South. Our communication has always been in writing but regular.

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