There is one aspect of God that has been given to the child of God that sets you apart from the world. One thing that is opposite to the wicked, fallen, and depraved of this planet. It is the greatest and most powerful characteristic of the true follower of Jesus Christ. It is what creates compassion, mercy, kindness, and gentleness even to the vilest of people. What is it? It is the great Love of God!
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:7-11
You will know and recognize His children by their love. It is also the love for the Lord that causes you first and foremost to seek Him continually. From Him, you will gain your strength, wisdom, understanding, and endurance to keep moving forward, or in many cases to patiently wait upon the Lord, waiting for Him to move.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, Psalm 30:5-6
But understand this one thing, that it is love that changes the world, love that motivates you to have a great effect on them. It is love that turns away wrath and covers a multitude of sins.
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins 1 Peter 4:8
It is not spreading fear, panic, conspiracy theories, and telling them that horrible things are to come that will change their ways. Even if it may be true. This spreading of rumors and spreading all kinds of fearful things is not of God. It will not cause people to come to the Lord for forgiveness. It will cause them to cling more tightly to the things of this world. Exactly what the devil wants them to do.
Someone who comes to the Lord because they fear for their life is coming for physical reasons. Those who are lost who do not have Christ need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The only fear they need is the fear of the Lord.
The fear that they have sinned and broken God’s Law. The fear that one day they will have to face Him in judgment for those sins and the judgment to come. They must understand this. Then they will fear for their souls and their eternity. Then they are ready to hear the good news of God’s love and His forgiveness for their sins. Through the sacrifice, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It is our love for them that will motivate us to tell them the truth of the Gospel. We truly have love when we seek to open their eyes to their eternal destination. True love tells the truth.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them 1 John 4:16
This is how you love one another, how you show true love. If you have great exploits in this life, built great churches, are extremely successful in ministry in the eyes of the world, are world- renowned for something in your life, or you name it but have no love you have achieved nothing.
This is straight from the Word of the Lord so you know it is true. It is those things of eternal value that will last. Those things that God commands and says are important that you must focus on.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14