In our Daily Bible Reading this week, we came across Psalm 53 which opens with as clear a line of truth as any statement made anywhere by anyone at anytime.
The fool has said in his heart “There is no God”.
There are times when the command Jesus gave His disciples to “go into all the world” hits square up against the reality of those who choose NOT to believe.
Should we shake our heads and walk away?
Should we argue with them, point by point?
Should we regale them with stories of miracles until we have no breath left?
Should we tell them they are foolish?
Speaking the truth in love comes in very handy right at this time.
After making every mistake in this area, here’s what I’ve learned, and I hope it helps you when you run across a fool.
We are to LOVE as Jesus loves. He wouldn’t argue. He wouldn’t declare them a fool and walk away. He wouldn’t waste his breath or time sharing truth endlessly, either.
He would TRUST that the TRUTH, spoken in LOVE and infused with the POWER of the Holy Spirit would work in the heart of the most hardened fool who says in his heart there is no God.
Share truth. Share it lovingly, as an offering given in grace. Share it as the Holy Spirit leads you to, with gentleness and all meekness. Leave them with a blessing of some kind. A smile, a kind word, a caring reminder that “it’s all food for thought, isn’t it?”
Then walk on, but not “away”. Not away, because YOU know that the truth is if they don’t receive Christ as Savior, they will spend Eternity in Hell.
So you pray for them. Pray for their salvation. Pray for their deliverance. Pray for Gods goodness to draw them close to Him, to open their eyes to His love and mercy, to open their hearts to His salvation gift.
In this way, you are at peace, they are at peace and the Holy Spirit is free to move. He is very good at His job – convicting hearts and leading souls to salvation.
With a little practice, we can get very good at our jobs – speaking the Truth in Love!
Pour a little LOVE on the next fool you meet, and then let us know, so we can join with you in prayer for their salvation.
Bear in mind the words of our Savior:
Matthew 18:19 “Again I say to you if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask it will be done for them by my Father in Heaven.” ~ Jesus