The simple purpose of this broadcast is to encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to share your faith in Jesus Christ with those who are lost around you. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.
Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Ephesians 4:32 which reads: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this Scripture from David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible:
The new man seeks to show the same kindness, tender-heartedness and forgiveness to others that God shows him. If we treat others as God treats us, we fulfill everything Paul told us to do in this chapter.
Our forgiveness to others is patterned after the forgiveness of Jesus towards us. When we think of the amazing way God forgives us, it is shameful for us to withhold forgiveness from those who have wronged us.
Our soul winning quote today is from D. L. Moody. He said: “There is no use trying to do church work without love. A doctor, a lawyer, may do good work without love, but God’s work cannot be done without love.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 73 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is…Empathy with Action (Part 2)
Empathy Was Needed
In John 11:1-44 we discover an example of empathy in action. The story begins as Jesus hears the news that a dear friend, Lazarus, has fallen sick. Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus because they knew He could heal their brother. Martha met Jesus when He arrived. She was mourning the loss of her brother Lazarus who had died a few days earlier.
Jesus already knew about Lazarus’ death. He asked to see Mary so that He could pay His respects. When she came out to meet Him, many others from the city followed. It was a Jewish custom to go to the home and mourn with those who had lost someone to death. When Jesus saw Mary weeping, He was deeply moved.
John 11:33-36 reads, “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!”
“Jesus wept” is often quoted and pushed aside as the Bible’s shortest verse. But how incredible is it that God used two simple words to reveal the heart of Christ. Within these two words is more emotion, love, and compassion than contained in some novels. True to form, Jesus takes something small and seemingly insignificant to teach an amazing lesson. He leads by example, instructing us that empathy, putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes, is essential to effective ministry.
Some may say Jesus was mourning the loss of His friend. That is only partially true. According to John 11:13-15, Jesus, being God, already knew Lazarus was dead. He was not caught off guard by the news of his friend’s death. Instead, He was moved by the emotion of Lazarus’ sisters and friends and felt their pain enough to draw tears. His tears were not a reflection of sadness and loss, but rather a way to relate and communicate to those who were with Him.
The Bible does not tell us how Mary and Martha responded to Jesus’ empathy, but it does tell us that others were witnesses of His love for Lazarus. Seeing Him get on Mary and Martha’s level and experience their pain made an impact on the lives of those around Him.
Throughout the story, Mary and Martha never lose touch of the fact the Jesus is Lord and can do all things. They knew of His awesome power but for a moment were blessed to see His authentic expression of emotion and love.
In our next broadcast, we will continue looking at why evangelism is…Empathy with Action.
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Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can be a part of the church in this life and in the life to come. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time,
Keep the soul winner’s fire!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.