Ro 5:1-5 "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."
I. It means a great dealto be able to say that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. but if we are to be successful co-workers with Christ in winning the world for Himself, it is very necessary.
a. No matter how great a preacher a man may be, if he has not this one
qualification, all his preaching and orations are in vain.
b. He must have for the souls of the people to whom he preaches, and in order to have a real love for the souls of the people to whom he preaches, he must have the love of God in his heart. The same with personal work, in life, or testimony, personal dealing and etc.
II. It is very different than worldly affairs, for instances,
a. A man may be a successful lawer, and have no love for his client.
b. A man may be a successful and great doctor, and have no love for his patient.
c. You may be a successful merchant, and need not personally love your customers,
III. BUT CHRISTIANS HAVE A GREATER BUSINESS THAN THAT OF THE WORLD. THAT IS A BUSINESS WHICH SHOULD COME BEFORE THAT OF THE WORLD, NAMELY, THE BUSINESS OF WINNING SOULS FOR GOD. EVERYTHING ELSE SHOULD BE SECONDARY WITH YOU. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all other things will be added unto you.
a. In order for you to be successful in your greatest business then, namely the work of the kingdom of God, first of all you must have the love of God shed abroad in your heart.
IV. While this is the most essential qualification, there are
also other qualifications, namely,
1. Know where of you speak, Study the Bible ! This will give you God's own words on the subject you are dealing which are best.
2. Study the individual which you are dealing with. Use diplomacy.
(Illus. 8 'Christian barber' Are you ready to die? )
3. A great and important qualification, 'prayer' Ask God for the words to say.
V. You may think I speak to ministers, or to SA officers, no, I speak to every real Christian, your responsibility for souls is great, all cannot preach, Illus. A farmer was saved and had a vision to go preach, He seen the letters " P. C." in his vision and thot it meant to Preach Christ, a college professor told him it meant to Plow Corn.... preach by your everyday life and burning testimony.
VI. Every real Christian then desires to be a soul winner, and we say that then he must have the love of God shed abroad in his heart in order to do this, then let us consider, how can we obtain this love, if we do not already possess it ?
a. There are some people who are trying to receive this love by their own deeds, mere endevoring to create a love for souls, this fails always. YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE LOVE HERE REFERED TO BY ANY EFFORT ON YOUR PART.
b. Consider do you find it somewhat of a task to love your mother ? No, the love you have for your mother, spontaneous, or in other words voluntary love. No one can make you love her, you just naturally love her.
c. So is the love which we have for God and souls, if we are really converted, and on fire for God, we cannot help having a great love for God and souls, IF YOU DO NOT AT THE PRESENT TIME POSSESS THIS LOVE. DON'T ASK GOD TO GIVE YOU THE LOVE FOR SOULS. BUT CRY UNTO GOD TO SAVE YOU. AS THIS IS ALL THAT IS LACKING. WHEN ONCE PROPERLY SAVED YOU CANNOT HELP LOVING THE SOULS OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE IN SIN.
V. In conclusion let us first of all ask ourself the question, should we not love God ? Then show your love by crying unto Him to come into your heart, then there will come a spontaneous love for the souls of lost souls, aand you too may be a winner of souls.