As pastors we know that Jesus teaches us to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength (Matthew 22:37; Luke 10:27). But when we attempt to teach this love for God to others, we run into obstacles as ministry leaders. Why is this and what can we do?
Pay Attention to the Experiences (Providences) of Those We Serve
It can be hard to say, “I love you” to anyone.
For some of us it just isn’t “manly” or proper to do so. Love is weakness. Love makes a mockery of etiquette.
For others of us, we’ve said, “I love you” to so many people, only to learn later that we were holding on to something other than love. So, we don’t trust ourselves to say it wisely or truly anymore. We don’t trust others to mean it when they say it either. People can use love talk as well as any other thing in order to take selfies and get their own way. Maybe we’ve done this ourselves. Maybe God does the same. We are cynical about it all.
And let’s be honest – saying, “I love you” to someone we cannot see…Continue Reading