LOVE

“Though I have not love I am nothing (1 Corinthians 13.2b).”

God's two greatest commandments are “Thou shalt love the Lord God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” And the second is “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. We fulfill both by preaching the gospel to another.

Christ says, “If you love me keep my commands (Jn 15.16).” Hasn't He commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mk 16.15). Why do we preach the gospel to others? So that they might believe on Christ and be saved (Jn 3.36, 6.47 & Acts 16.31) (Please see SAVED on www.preach-the-gospel.org for a definition of saved.).

To express our love to God and to our neighbor we must therefore tell them the good news (preach the gospel to them). Sadly, the so-called churches are not teaching us what the gospel is nor how to preach it. How can we preach the gospel if we don't know what it is? But the Apostle Paul left no doubt as to what the gospel is that he received and preached.

"Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand; by which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached to you, unless you have believed in vain (didn't believe in the first place). For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Cor 15.1-4).”

To preach the gospel to another simply ask them if they have heard the good news (gospel) and tell them “Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4).” In so doing we show our love to Christ by keeping his command, and we express love to our neighbor by allowing them to believe on Christ and be saved.

Now that we know what the gospel is and how to preach it will we obey the two greatest commandments of God by preaching the gospel to others?

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