How Do We Reach Out in Love?

A friend told me she grew up in a home that didn’t know God. The only time she was ever inside a church was for a wedding or funeral. Consequently, churches were mysterious and intimidating.

After she married she noticed her neighbors leaving for church on Sunday mornings carrying their Bibles.  She used to think, “If those people were real Christians, they’d invite me.”

Why didn’t they invite her? Do we invite our neighbors? Do we believe our neighbors would  be interested?  How do we know unless we ask?

Churches often have special holiday programs. We might make it an event!  Pray about who to invite and consider inviting them to your home afterward for pie and ice cream.

There are countless ways to reach out in love. When at church and we notice someone new, we might introduce ourselves and welcome them.  If they have a small child, we give that child some attention. We get down at the child’s level and speak to him. We ask him about his school or his pets. Children will respond and the parents will appreciate it.

We help when we see someone in need.  We listen. We don’t gossip.  We are there for them. We rejoice at their blessings and we cry with them when they’re sad.

We sit with them in the waiting room while their loved one undergoes surgery–they should not have to sit alone. We pray for them and we pray with them. If their loved one passes, we do not send a card listing all the Bible verses encouraging them to rejoice that their loved one is in heaven. They don’t want to rejoice.  They want to cry and they want someone to cry with them.  We need to be sensitive to where they are.

We give them time.  When it’s Thanksgiving we invite someone who is alone. We might introduce them to a new friend. If a friend is engaged to be married we give a shower. If someone else gives the shower, we offer to help. When we attend a wedding we don’t leave until after the wedding cake is served.

Reaching out in love is simply about the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you.

  • A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.   Ephesians 6:18
  • Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.   Romans 12:13
  • Do to others as you would have them do to you.   Luke 6:31
  • SONG: ONE BUSINESS IN LIFEby Kathleen

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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8 Responses to How Do We Reach Out in Love?

  1. Goldie says:

    Dear Kathleen,
    Everything you suggested is just like Jesus. I liked the parts that speak of the self righteousness we can all exhibit like writing Bible verses at the wrong times and looking good, but not being loving at the heart of it all. My hat’s off to you. Goldie

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you Goldie! Sometimes we learn the hard way. I was the one, many years ago, who wrote such a letter, full of Bible verses to encourage a new widow. She was later kind enough to tell me it was NOT an encouragement, but only added to her sadness.

  2. Liana says:

    I wonder if your neighbours, friends and family know how blessed they are to have you in their life?

  3. Boniface says:

    Praise the Lord!
    What a practical lesson. Applied Christianity indeed reaches to the heart of the afflicted and so would this approach. Any time I’ve practiced any of the above, I always feel a better Christian.
    Thanks Kathleen.

  4. Bisi says:

    Yes love is very practical, great tips.

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