God is Love
by Dave Stewart
God is love friend. Sadly, most people don't know that God loves them. They have been blinded by the devil. This world is filled with wickedness and misery. The secret (which is no secret at all) to winning anyone to the Lord is to love them with God's love that He has shed in our hearts. Proverb 11:30 says...
"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise." -Proverb 11:30
The Hebrew word "winneth" means "to break down the barriers." Satan blinds the minds of people. He blinds their minds with worldly philosophies, evolution, false religions and heathen education. Salvation is of the heart friend and we must not focus on winning people's minds to God. We must focus on winning their hearts to God. The way to win any person to the Lord is by witnessing to them, but also expressing our care and genuine concern for them.
I'll give you an example of exactly what I am trying to say. The great preacher and pastor, Dr. Jack Hyles (1926 -2001), went into a restaurant one day for breakfast. The waitress was slow and deliberately unkind to Dr. Hyles. She didn't deserve a tip, that's for sure. When the meal was over, Brother Hyles left a $10 bill on the table for her as a tip. After he had paid for his meal and was about to leave the restaurant, she came to him and said, "Hey mister, you left your money on the table." Brother Hyles kindly replied, "Don't they leave tips around here?" She said, "But mister, I was unkind to you, why would you leave me a tip?"
Dr. Hyles kindly explained to her that he was a pastor, and that he realized she was probably a working mother and wife with a lot on her mind. As she wept in tears, Brother Hyles led her to the Lord.
Do you see what I am saying friend? People don't care what you know until they know that you care. We can turn many to righteousness, but only through the love of God. How do you win a Satan worshipper to the Lord? You show them God's love. How do you win a Jehovah's Witness to the Lord? You show them God's love. Then, and only then, they might want to hear what you have to say.
God loves people!
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