Not long ago, I read a blog post written by a sweet Christian. Her words were beautiful and eloquent. She wrote at length about her encounter with an old friend who was mired in the bondage of sin and shame. She wrote with such passion of their encounter, how she approached the individual with the love of Christ, how they shared old memories and caught up with each other’s lives. She encouraged everyone to be more like Jesus, loving the sinner unconditionally. She walked away from that encounter feeling quite redeemed because of her love toward sinners.
From her words, it appeared that she believed that showing love was enough.
While we are told in 1 Peter 4:8, “love covers a multitude of sins,” Jesus’ love was deep and intense enough to tell sinners to turn from their sin and find salvation in Him.
We see His encounter with the woman caught in the act of adultery in the Gospel of John 8:10-11,
Woman, where are thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more.
Again in John, we find Jesus at the pool of Bethesda where He healed the lame man. His words to the man,
Behold, thou art made whole; sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. John 5:14.
Sinners are going to hell and although that isn’t what the modern church preaches, it’s a fact. It isn’t a judgment call on my part, these are the words of Jesus. You may not like the words, you may not like me for sharing them, but they are scriptural fact.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8
If you believe someone is in sin and the Holy Spirit opens the door for you to witness, isn’t it your responsibility to share the gospel?
In Ezekiel 33:8-9 we find the warning if we fail to share the gospel when we have the opportunity.
When I say to the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die, if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
Jesus was not a forerunner of John Lennon, singing “All You Need is Love” as He walked the ancient streets of Jerusalem and throughout Israel. Jesus was the Holy Son of God, sent to save the world from sin. He loved people enough to warn them their sins would lead to an eternity in hell and He charged us to do the same.
Contrary to the song lyrics, love is NOT all you need. You need salvation. You need the salvation found only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and that is received through repentance, turning from your sin and following Jesus all the remaining days your life.
We would do well to remember the words the Apostle Paul spoke to the Christians of Rome,
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear unless someone tells them? Romans 10:14
Tell them, my friends. Tell them every opportunity you get. If you love someone mired in sin, love them enough to share the gospel that will save their souls from an eternity in hell. Tell them now, you may never get another chance.
Tell them about Jesus, tell them about His mercy and grace. Tell them of His sacrifice on the cross and the shedding of His precious blood to cover their sins. Tell them that repentance of their sins and faith in Jesus will change their lives, give them sweet peace of mind and soul and eternity in His presence.
Give those you love and care about more than a sweet hug and a listening ear. Give them the gospel.
May God bless and keep you and if I don’t meet you here, I hope to meet you over there.