Showing Love by Sharing the Gospel

Raising a 2-year-old toddler has raised quite a lot of parenting discussions in our home.

Two-year-olds need a lot of guidance for life. They need a lot of patience from their parents. And they need a lot of love and comfort to know they are secure.

We will teach our girl many things as she grows in our home over the next 16 years until we send her out.

But what if I failed to tell her that we love her? What if I skipped over teaching her a basic concept like brushing her teeth? What would happen if I never shared with her how to eat properly and healthily, how to be kind to others, or how to take care of herself?

Many would question my love for her. Raising children means loving them. Loving them means teaching them fully how to live.

Sharing the gospel with others is not much different.

Saying things such as “I didn’t want to offend them,” “I was afraid of their response,” or “They claim to be Christian so I will believe them and won’t ask the hard questions” would be like me saying I simply don’t want to make my 2-year-old use a spoon, take a bath, or learn to not kick because I don’t want her to be mad at me or be offended that I shared these things with her.

My love for my girl means I am willing to engage in the tough conversations with her. I am willing to cause a time of unrest for the greater good of her being. Our love for others means we are willing to engage with them in conversations about Christ leading them to understand their need of Christ because of their sin, His redemptive plan for the world, and the forgiveness and relationship that is offered only through Christ.

When we leave out parts of the gospel, we take away from the full knowledge of Christ that person could receive from our sharing.

During one of David Platt’s sermons, he said, “How much do you have to hate your co-worker or friend to never share the gospel with them?”

When we claim to love our neighbor and to love God, we will engage with others in gospel-centered conversations. These conversations may offend them; however, these conversations may very well be what the Lord uses in their life to lead them to a right relationship with Him.

Obedience is our calling. The Holy Spirit is the One responsible for the changed heart of the person on the receiving end. We choose to be obedient to share and to show our love for God by loving our neighbors enough to share the gospel with them.

​Bekah Rivers* is a momma to 2 darling little girls (and a sweet pup), wife to a pastor, and advocate for all believers to be on mission.

*Name changed.

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