"It doesn't take a theological degree to win someone for Christ. It takes love willing to build a bridge sufficient to bear the weight of the Gospel." - Clarence Gillett
A retired missionary and current friendship partner sharing the love of Jesus Christ with international students, Clarence knows what he is talking about. If you took a snapshot of Clarence, he'd look like your average American fella. But to meet him, observe him, and hear him speak you'd perceive much more.
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience," states Colossians 3:12.
Had Clarence memorized that verse? Had he decided to make it the hallmark of his life? Or had he walked so closely with Jesus that the character of our Lord just shown through?
Clarence lives his words. Walks the talk. Living as a loving Christ follower. Sharing that love by his actions from his character.
Colossians 3 continues its challenge in verses 13-14, "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."
Clarence made me think.
He should make you think, Christ follower.
Am I sharing the good news of new life in Jesus?
Am I loving others like Jesus as I share?
Are compassion and kindness traits I am known for?
Would my friends call me humble and gentle?
Am I patient?
Does my family know me as forbearing and forgiving?
And what about love.
Do I love like Jesus?
Freely. Passionately. Winsomely.
It takes God-powered, other-centered love to build a bridge that will bear the weight of the Gospel.
The bridges I build will be limited by love I give.
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