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There is something better for the soul than chicken soup. On "Reaching your
World" this week Luis Palau tells us of what the Good News of Jesus does for us.
I recently was talking to an older man who said, “I wish I were as good as my dog thinks I am.” His comment made me laugh. It’s true; many people are perceived to be wonderful but know they really aren’t that great. You and I struggle with sin. It’s a daily battle. Though we may put our “best foot forward,” we know that there are areas where we fail time and time again. Even the great Apostle Paul struggled. He said, “what I want to do I do not do.” We know what is right. We know how we should act and think. And yet, it’s difficult.
The Good News is that God is a God of grace. Being a follower of Jesus does not mean you have to be perfect. We’ll never do all that we should. That’s okay. God isn’t looking for perfect people. He’s looking for people who know that they’re fallen and in response turn to Him. Don’t let the enemy hound you about something you’ve done in the past that has been forgiven. If you’ve come before the Lord and asked for forgiveness, it’s over. Rather than focusing on how bad you are, focus on the goodness of Jesus. His perfect life paid the price for our failures so that we do not need to be condemned. This is good news! Because of Jesus, you’ve been washed clean. Today, instead of beating yourself up because of your shortcomings, focus rather on sharing this wonderful news with those in your world.
This is Andrew Palau.
I just saw a quote that said, “The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. And the first to forget is the happiest.”
Forgiving others can be really hard. Especially when they have wronged us on a deep level. But it’s pretty clear that forgiveness isn’t just about the person who committed the sin or the wrong against us, but it’s also about our own spiritual growth. Love and forgiveness cannot be separated. If we choose to live out the love of God as the purpose of our life, then forgiving cannot be avoided. Because the bottom line is, Jesus died for us to offer us forgiveness of our sins.
On a day-to-day level, the Bible says in Matthew 6, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” So, consider: whom do you need to forgive? What amends do you need to make? I encourage you to take that first leap and forgive the one who needs it—even if no apology has been made. When you forgive someone, you may feel that the Lord has moved in you, just as we pray He is also moving in them. Showing grace, instead of holding onto bitterness, will give you a wonderful opportunity to talk to them about Jesus – the great forgiver of our many, many sins.
This is Luis Palau.
Have you ever felt abandoned? Maybe you experienced a tragedy and you lost someone you love. You’re devastated. Maybe you were passed over for the job promotion, and you feel your hard work went unnoticed. You’re discouraged. Whatever situation you face, know that God has not, and will not ever abandon you. In fact, God is with you now and forever. He promises never to leave or forsake His children.
The Bible says in Genesis 8:1, “But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.” If God didn’t abandon Noah and the animals, why will He abandon you?
When you feel alone or upset, talk to the Lord. Reach out to Him. Ask Him for comfort, for wisdom, and for His presence. If you have a friend experiencing a trial or hardship, listen to them and let them know you care. Then, use the opportunity to share about Jesus. Tell them how Jesus will never abandon or forsake them. Share about what Jesus means to you. Your experience could be just what they need to hear. So tell it today, won’t you?
This is Luis Palau.
Are you struggling? Do you feel abandoned by God? I think we all go through times where we struggle to feel the hope in God. There was a time in my life when my son, Andrew, had fallen away from the Lord. He was living a wild life filled with partying and worldliness. As much as I tried to share the Good News with him or talk to him about faith, I felt him pulling away. But God kept me convicted. I felt the Lord saying to me, “Do not give up on Andrew. I am with you. I’m working on him.” So I kept on reaching out, and praying for Andrew.
And guess what? At just the right moment Andrew, our son, finally surrendered to Jesus at age 27. At last Andrew understood God’s grace, and repented, and God changed his entire life. In fact, Andrew went from a worldly life of sin to being an evangelist. Can you believe it?! Only God could change someone’s life in that way. Only God is the source of true everlasting hope.
Consider the person or situation in your life where you need God to move. The Bible says in Job 6:8, “Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for.” Pray to God. Share your request with Him. And be alert and expectant, because He is already at work. Suddenly you’ll get your chance to share Jesus Christ.
This is Luis Palau.
Many times people have said to me, “Luis, how do I share the Good News? I’m not a pastor or an evangelist.” Of course, my answer is that we are all called to share about Jesus Christ, though we are not all gifted to be evangelists. Whether you’re a student, a parent, or a professional person, God was talking to you in Mark 16:15 in the Bible, which says, “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.’” And the ABCs are a great place to start.
Why, you ask? Well, the ABCs are one way to share the basics of the Good News of salvation in Jesus. A stands for “Admit”. We must admit that we are sinful, that we make mistakes, and that we offend God our Creator. We all miss the mark. B stands for “Believe”. We must believe that Jesus is God’s only Son, and that He came to die for our sins on a cross, and rose from the dead. And C stands for “Commit”. We must commit to following Jesus by receiving Him into our hearts by faith.
So, I urge you to memorize the ABC’s of evangelism. Then, be on the alert. Look for opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus with others. Encourage others to admit, believe, and commit so as to receive the eternal life that Jesus Christ offers.
This is Luis Palau.
On "Reaching Your World with Luis Palau" Luis talks about how the love of Christ takes shape in our lives. It is manifest in patience, kindness, contentment, and humility.