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Series: Luis Palau | Cultivating a Heart of Compassion

On “Reaching your World” this week, Luis Palau reminds us that personal evangelism is built on relationships.  Jesus Christ modeled for us a heart of compassion, and wants to develop that in each of His followers.

God Speaks when we Struggle Friday, May 24, 2019

In the last chapter of his Gospel, Matthew says the apostles struggled with doubts and disbelief for days and weeks leading up to Ascension Day. Mark, Luke, and John do the same. But why?

Because we need to remember what doubts and disbelief feel like. They’re natural, normal, and yet awful feelings. So awful we tend to react negatively when others tell us that they’re experiencing such feelings. Yet Jesus wants us to remember: This is what doubts and disbelief feel like. Don’t forget it. And don’t come down on anyone who’s already feeling awful. Listen. Love. Let them talk. Allow them to see Jesus in you. At the right time, when you are the quietest, the Holy Spirit will speak truth and comfort to their soul. Watch and bear witness as their faith reemerges and grows stronger and more robust.

Yes, it’s hard to listen and remain quiet, to watch and wait. Yet when it comes to our friends who struggle with doubts and disbelief, it’s not our job to change their hearts. Instead, let’s invite them to read one of the four Gospels with us, and watch them fall in love with Jesus again.

This is Andrew Palau.

Developing Relationships Thursday, May 23, 2019

You might say, “I know I’m supposed to share the Good News of Christ with those around me, but how do I begin?” It’s easy: just start making friends. Start developing relationships with those you come in contact with, showing them the compassion and love of God. Begin with your interests and community. If you’re interested in sports, join a summer softball league. If you’re in a carpool, talk with the others in the car about more than just work. If you go to a community event, get to know the organizers or other attendees. Work to become a trusted friend of those in your community and other spheres of influence. Ask questions to show that you genuinely care about people – and listen to what they say.  

Not everyone is called to be an evangelist, but everyone is called to minister to others. I think of my father-in-law, a wonderful quiet man. I couldn’t imagine him saying more than a couple of sentences trying to witness to others. But he had such a deep burden for his old college buddies. Anytime I spoke in town, he brought one or more of them to hear me. He could never be a public speaker, but he could be a friend. As the Bible says, “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much.”

Be faithful where you are, and the Lord will begin to open doors. When you witness as an overflow from a heart filled by God’s Spirit, people will sense your love and concern. And trust me, amazing things will happen as a result.

This is Luis Palau. 

Fruit and Wisdom Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Developing a heart of compassion for those around us begins with prayer, but we should also study what the Bible says about winning people to Christ. The Bible says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30). Let’s look at this verse further. First of all, if we are righteous, if we are walking with God in the light of His presence, then we’re a tree of life. The fruit we bear demonstrates to others the message of eternal life. God cultivates His love in us; our job is to live righteously and trust that God will bring forth fruit.

Second, God says “And he (or she) who wins souls is wise.” God created humans, breathed into them, and they became living souls. We are living souls. Our bodies may fall apart and our minds may become less sharp, but our souls live forever. That is why the Bible says those who focus on the soul are wise. To be part of winning a soul for Christ? To introduce a weary, thirsty soul to the Living Water? What an honor and joy that is!

A godly life is both fruitful and wise, and it invites others into the same lifestyle. Can you imagine how the world will change as more and more people become trees of life to those around them? As they become winners of souls? The world will become a more joyful, fruitful, wise place. What a joy to participate in this important, life-changing work!

This is LP.

A Life of Prayer Tuesday, May 21, 2019

How do we cultivate a heart of compassion for those who do not know Christ? Well, we should always start with prayer. First, we should pray that God grows His heart of compassion in us. The more we are renewed by Christ, the more His love will flow out of us. Second, we should pray for those involved in ministry and missions around the world. As Matthew says, “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Third, we should also pray for those you know who have yet to trust Jesus as their Savior. Make a list of those around you who need to know Christ – family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone else. Get on your knees and pray regularly for each person by name. Be persistent in your prayers. And think long-term. To God, no amount of time is too long to pray for someone. My wife and I knew an elderly woman who prayed for 68 years for her brother’s salvation. When he was 80 years old, shortly before he died, he finally received Jesus Christ. What joy that woman had in knowing her long wait and faithful prayer were rewarded.

Prayer is one of the most powerful tools a Christ-follower has. It connects us to Christ and keeps us centered on God’s will. Prayer prepares us to reach our world for Christ.                 

This is Luis Palau.

A Genuine Concern for Others Monday, May 20, 2019

Sometimes people come to me and say, “Luis, I’m not a natural evangelist. I can’t bring others to Christ like you.” And I respond: "You don’t need to copy me. All you need is a genuine concern for the lives and hearts of those around you." The problem is that genuine concern for others doesn’t come naturally. Anyone who knows small children can speak to that. Many kids’ favorite word is “Mine!” Humans are naturally selfish, happy as long as we have our own little goodies.

Also, genuine concern for others can’t be taught. We can take as many training courses as our churches offer, but all that information can just go into our minds – and stay there. Without a love for those around us, the information will never affect our hearts and motivate us to action. We need the Holy Spirit to overflow in our lives. Then, we will see people in need of God’s love and naturally share the Good News of Jesus with them.

Jesus told His disciples, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses.” That’s exactly what happened to the disciples– and that will happen with you and me. As we get closer to Jesus, we’ll get closer to His heart and passion for the lost. Timid no longer, we’ll become bold and joyful witnesses to the work of Christ, reaching our world in the process.          

This is Luis Palau.

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This Weeks Offer



Luis has many online resources available for you which can give further teaching and inspiration.  Our website is www.palau.org.  There, go to “Resources” and then “Articles.”  You will find such titles as “God’s Promises for You," and "Why I’m Excited for Heaven."

Reaching Your World: Next Week

Go Share the Gospel

Have you ever felt nervous about sharing the Gospel? This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis discusses why and how to share the Good News in our everyday lives.