Speaking the Truth in Love

Save a Soul From Death

See the source imageOur mission as Christ’s church echoes steadily in our ears from the lips of Jesus, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16.15). We know that Jesus is coming back with flaming fire and will take vengeance on those who did not obey the gospel (II Thess. 1.8). It is not with misplaced urgency then that we should seek to save those who are lost. We know, but many of us have never brought another soul to Jesus. Why? And how do we as souls saved become soul winners for Jesus?

Why? Maybe it’s because we don’t know how. Maybe we don’t think about it very often. If we really sensed the reality of the fate of those lost, the priceless cost of Jesus’ blood, and our own debt to the grace of God, we would be more motivated. Maybe we have an unhealthy self-image. We are so concerned about estranging friends, being perceived as religious fanatics and being criticized for “making mistakes” by our own brethren in the process of trying to win souls that we just don’t try. It is true; those who are most evangelistic are most criticized.

So, say nothing; do nothing? Maybe we are carnal. We are more worried about our free time, social life and whatever fun is to be had.
How do we as souls saved become soul winners for Jesus? If you don’t know how, learn (II Tim. 2.15). Wake up to what is really important (I Thess. 5.6). Remember, when out of love you are trying to tell others about Jesus, what he thinks about you is more important than anything else. You are trying to save souls. Just speak the truth in love and let the chips fall where they may (Eph. 4.15). Finally, think on things spiritual and take time away from the things of this world for the things of the next (Philip. 4.8).

And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire. (Jude 22-23)

Brent Smith

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