Loving God, Equipping People, Mentoring Leaders, Reaching Nations
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Jesus said the most defining characteristic of his church should be its love (those characteristics were then discussed in Romans 12). Your love for each other, He told His disciples, is how the world will recognize that you belong to Me.
What convinces the world of the truth of the Gospel is simply not our defence of the faith; it’s our love for each other. Francis Schaeffer said, “Love on display in the church is Jesus’ final apologetic to the world.”
There are six characteristics of Gospel-shaped love and friendship from Romans 12 that, if the church adopted well, would attract people more than great music or special services. In fact, people would be beating down our doors to hear more.
Our love should be without hypocrisy (Romans 12:9).
One of the worst Southern phrases is “Bless his heart.” That means, “What I just said is really mean, but I’m going to make it okay by seasoning it with some Southern politeness.” For example: “That woman is a snake … bless her heart.”
Paul says our love should be different. It shouldn’t just be seasoned; it should be love all the way down, from our words to what we wish for others in our hearts.