Sharing in Love by Matt Beacham
The Gospel of Christ is great news. It’s the best news! But can we share really good news in the wrong way? Hmmm. I think so.
Let’s say today was the best day of the year. It was literally firing. That’s great news to all the surfers. But there are going to be plenty of surfers that did not get to partake. They were at work, or had kids duty, of just had too many errands to run and ran out of time. This evening when I gathered a couple photos of the day, there would be a right way to share that info, and there would be some wrong ways. I could get on social media and say how amazing the waves were today, and that I actually got a couple fantastic rides, and that it was just awesome to see the waves that beautiful today. Aside from a couple “I hate you” comments you might get from good friends, it’s all good.
I could also get online and post my photos with the caption, “If you didn’t make it to the beach today, You absolutely blew it!!! It was epic. And pretty uncrowded which means a bunch of you blew it! Hahahahahaha. Good luck next time, and have fun tomorrow when it’s flat. Seriously, you guys gotta be more on it like I am! Hahahaha!” That would obviously be a wrong way to share that good news that the waves were firing, wink, wink.
Much like this example, we must share God’s loving message in a loving way. I’m not suggesting you can’t be firm in delivering a message. That wouldn’t line up with the scriptures either. In 2nd Samuel, we certainly see Nathan the profit rebuking David about his actions with Bathsheba, and the killing of her husband Uriah. You can bet that it was tense in there as he was sharing.
Even if things get tense, we can still deliver the good news in love. Check out how 1st Peter 3:15 tells us to respond. “But in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that you have. But respond with gentleness and respect.” Colossians 4:6 puts it wonderfully, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” May we all share in love.