Through God’s Eyes

Paul gave Timothy (and us) six things that God can use to make our lives have a high impact, spiritually, on others. In I Timothy 4:12, we look at the third one that God uses: “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity.” “Charity” is the word used here for love. We are to love, first and foremost, God! When we do, we will begin to love others. This “love” is not a “feeling,” although pleasant “feelings” may be experienced (and may not be experienced). To love others, we must explore God’s Word and discover how He loves others, even enemies. We must see them through God’s eyes! He values them highly. He longs for a relationship with them. He grieves over them and their fallen condition. He reaches out to them. He died to make possible their restoration to Himself. The “bottom line” for us is to value others (even when they are obnoxious, or offend us, or use us badly) and find ways to reach out to them. We need to forgive them when they hurt us and pray for their salvation. (If we have to confront them, we can do so, firmly and quietly, but with loving concern). Fanny Crosby’s hymn, “Rescue the perishing,” expresses how this kind of love is to be extended: “Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save. Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting, waiting the penitent child to receive; plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently. He will forgive if they only believe. Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter, feelings lie buried that grace can restore; touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness, chords that are broken will vibrate once more.” Selah! If you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, that love reached you and many others, and it still reaches out to more. Probably that love came through others to you. Now, share that love with others that might respond and come to Jesus. Will you do that?    Ron

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