1 Timothy 1:15 NLT This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. (emphasis mine)
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 NLT I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. (emphasis mine)
John 10:10 NLT The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
Telling others about Jesus is the best way to speak life into this broken world. Only Christ can free people from sin, give them a new life, and offer hope of an eternity spent with Him. No other message brings life like the good news of Jesus Christ.
He can take the broken pieces of our life and make them into something new, like a potter crafting a shattered vase into a beautiful piece of art. While the life Jesus offers all people is not easy or comfortable, it does provide hope and purpose.
Christians should be speaking words of life by telling others the gospel, but we also need to add action to our words.
James 2:15-16 NLT Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
We Christians often focus either on telling the gospel or meeting the needs of others but, it should not be an “either-or” question. We should tell the gospel and meet the need. When we see someone starving without proper clothing, we should offer them food and clothing while telling them the good news of Jesus.
1 John 3:18-20 NLT Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. (emphasis mine)
Scripture tells us to show our love.
Proverbs 14:31 NLT Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him.
Luke 12:33 NLT “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.
James 1:27 NLT Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
Isaiah 58:10 NLT Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
Matthew 25:35-36 NLT For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
Hebrews 13:3 NLT Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.
Mark 12:29-31 NLT Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (emphasis mine)
Galatians 6:10 NLT Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. (emphasis mine)
As Christians, we have a radical and world-transforming message that needs to be supported by a life lived in love toward God and people. If we neglect the needs of people in this broken world, they will not listen to our message.
We must obey the words of our Savior by showing others we are His disciples through our love for others.
John 13:34-35 NLT So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Once we are living authentic lives by “practicing what we preach,” people will listen to the wonderful news of Jesus.
While the gospel is unchanging, we can tell it using different methods. Every Christian has their own unique set of traits and talents they can use to spread the message of hope and life in Jesus. We should harness the diverse ways we are creative to speak life into the brokenness around us. Whatever the situation, believers can offer words of life to others through their attitude of love and message of hope.
Brokenness is all around us, but we have the power to impact the world. Armed with the good news of Jesus, who offers freedom from sin and the hope of a new life, we can speak life into those who are hurting.
As we seek to transform the brokenness around us, we can find encouragement from Scripture.
Isaiah 52:7 NLT How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!
Just as people in offices, factories, government, and the military, wear badges to show that they belong there we Christians have a badge too. Our badge is love. Wear the badge of lobe proudly so that the world can see that you belong to Christ.