Warm Heart or Cold Shoulder?

Tim Beals

READ : 1 John 3:16-19

Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. (v. 18)

If one of the television networks did a special on the healthiest place on earth, you might expect that people would line up to move there. Not necessarily.

Especially if the healthiest spot was the South Pole. Our world’s southernmost point might also be its cleanest. There’s no pollution, no dust, and very few people to bring those things in. And with temperatures that drop to 100 degrees below zero, germs can’t survive because there’s nothing for them to live on.

Sometimes our churches resemble the South Pole. There’s no pollution: the truth of God is boldly preached, and error has no chance to survive. The Scriptures are quoted by the chapter. That’s not all bad, but that’s not all there is. Sometimes people still don’t want to go there. It’s too cold.

There should be a big difference between the church and the South Pole. Our Lord designed the church to be the warmest place on earth – a place where the love of Christians overflows, warming the hearts of all who attend.

What can we do to make our churches more inviting and accepting places where God is pleased to meet with sincere, caring believers in an atmosphere of warm Christian love?

PRAYER

Help us warm up to the seeking unbelievers and hurting believers in our church.