Outreach Ministry: Consideration & Compassion Showcase God's Love for People
"You are the salt of the earth." (Matt. 5:13)
Consideration & Compassion Bring Out the Essence of the Gospel of Love
"God so loved the world that He gave." "God demonstrates His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Love motivated Him to make a way for the salvation of the world. Love compelled Him to actively pursue lost sinners. When Christians sprinkle some love on those who do not know Him, they make the message seem tastier.
Salt tends to bring out the flavor in food. We are the salt of the earth so when we extend a helping hand to those in need, the love of God, at the core of the Gospel message, becomes rather palatable. Our actions say "Taste and see that the Lord is good" (Ps. 34:8).
Consideration & Compassion Create Thirst
Once people have had a taste, they will thirst for the Living Water. The gentle and quiet spirit of a wife can win over an unbelieving husband (1 Pet. 3:1-4). Considerate behavior, not condemning words, makes a difference, creating a thirst for God.
"You are the light of the world. . . . let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matt. 5:14-16)
Consideration & Compassion Attract Attention
A lit candle in a dark room becomes the focal point. So, in a dark world with so much violence, immorality, terrorism, and hatred, the light of God's goodness through one of His children draws attention.
Consideration & Compassion Warm the Heart
Light reveals or exposes what is in the darkness but it also warms. Let's not forget this part of being a light. Sin must be exposed. People must be shown the way. However, the warmth of His light expressed through benevolent deeds softens the heart and readies it for God's truth.
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The Outreach Ministry Manual includes this content and some Scripture and questions to help you further think through each of the above points in light of your own practices.