How to Love the Lost
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2
As Christians, we should be pained to see our family, friends, or even strangers deny the Truth of God’s word and their need for a Savior…and we should continue to preach the Gospel to them daily, even if it offends them. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is offensive and extreme until God opens the eyes of the heart and calls people out of darkness. So how do we keep non-Christians in our lives in order to have more opportunities to love them and to preach the Gospel to them?
Firstly, we need to constantly humble ourselves and fall at the feet of Jesus. We, too, were once a non-believer, enslaved to our sin and dead in our trespasses. Our lost friends and family do not need puffed-up knowledge shoved down their throats; what they need is a person in their lives who is going to live out the Gospel—encouraging them, lifting them up in prayer, and giving them solid, Biblical counsel. We are called to be imitators of God and to walk in love…and the most loving thing we can do is to keep non-believers in our lives. If we don’t make engaging with unbelieving people a priority, how else are they supposed to hear the Gospel?
Ladies, too often we compromise our beliefs at the expense of offending a non-Christian, but we don’t need to compromise our values nor engage in unbiblical activities to secure their affection…we do, though, need to take an active interest in their state of eternal damnation. We weren’t put on this Earth to be comfortable, only talking about Christ at church and when we feel like it. We were put on this Earth to tell the offensive yet wonderful truth that we are wicked in desperate need of saving. Non-Christians need to know there is forever hope in the arms of Christ.
Father, help me to be a better witness to those who don’t know you personally. Put away my ego and help me to humble myself, knowing I am no better than the next person. I know there are so many people in need of you; help me to be bold, loving, and gracious when it comes to spreading the Gospel.
Reach out to a non-believer today and encourage them. Let them know you are here to help with whatever they are going through.