The question comes to mind, “How does unconditional love affect my responsibility to evangelize, and, more importantly, the way I evangelize?” The first part is easy. Sharing the good news that there is hope of salvation is the very definition of the word “evangelize.” So, a failure to evangelize would indicate a fundamental lack of unconditional love. The second part of the question is more difficult to answer, however.
It is easy to point out that people are lost, guilty of sin, have need of the saving blood of Jesus, etc., but if we point out such truths (and they are truths) without love, we fail to reach those who need that truth in order to be set free (see Ephesians 4:15; John 8:31, 32).
What I mean is, although the Bible contains the truth the sets men free (John 8:31, 32), those who need God’s saving grace may only have me and my presentation of that truth as a contact point, at least at the beginning. Unconditional love will keep me from exposing the truth with my words, while hiding it with my attitude.
We must develop this further in future posts. For now, remember…God loves you and so do I.