Love People Please!

by Andrew Strom

When I was a young Christian I was a total zealot. There is nothing wrong with that, but sadly I was often a zealot without wisdom – and also WITHOUT LOVE. I cared for “truth” more than I cared for people, and I did not even notice that I was often using Truth as a sword to crush people with, rather than set them free.

A lot of young zealous Christians are like that – but I was particularly bad because I had a ‘prophetic’-type personality – very intense, very black and white. I would walk into a room full of Christians and start an argument at the drop of a hat. I was not afraid to “blast” anyone. Truth was king – the most important thing – and that was all I cared about. This was not just an “occasional” problem with me – this was the way I lived and breathed. Total, all-out zealotry.

I do not have this approach to life any more – though I still care deeply about truth. (-For that is the way God made me). Sometimes I will still debate things with people – though very rarely.

Over the years God changed me utterly. In fact, to change my hardened heart He had to break me and break me and break me some more. And each time He did so, a little bit of LOVE got in. I’m sure He is still doing so today.

I started to realize that from God’s point of view, the most precious thing in all the earth is PEOPLE. We can see this in the most famous verse in the Bible- “For God SO LOVED the world….” There it is – He so LOVES PEOPLE. He sent His son to die for PEOPLE. That is what it is all about.

There is an old Maori saying from New Zealand, which I have to love- “The most valuable thing in all the world is PEOPLE, it is PEOPLE, it is PEOPLE.”

And yet to me in those early years, it was not “people” that I deeply cared about at all. The only thing I deeply valued was the ‘Truth’ that I was trying to put across that day. And so I attacked and spiritually “hacked” at people all day long. I was a walking nightmare.

Do you realize the sheer amount of ‘breaking’ that has to go on in someone like that – to get them to LOVE? -Years and years of awful crushing and brokenness. -Because I was SO BAD – seriously – I was a danger to the church and to myself.

If you love your ‘Truths’ more than you love people, then you are an out-and-out Pharisee. Nothing less. And you will create condemnation and death in people, rather than ‘conviction’ and LIFE.

But if you can get BROKEN enough to truly LOVE PEOPLE – and value them more than anything in this earth – and then speak Truth to them out of that place of love – then you will become greatly effective. It is all about becoming BROKEN and learning to LOVE others from the heart. If you ask Him to, God will do “whatever it takes” to get you to that place.

This is not to say that you will never speak direct or piercing words. You will – but the whole motivation will be different. In fact, EVERYTHING will be different. You may be very confronting, and speak very direct truths – but it will be in the right spirit. And this God can greatly anoint.

I got a disturbing email recently from a relative of someone on our List who says that this person uses some of the things we send out as “ammunition” to attack people or argue or divide from them, etc. Listen, friends, you can do anything with Truth. You can use it to beat people up or set them free. You can use it to become the most “negative” person on the planet, or you can allow it to break your heart and make you a closer follower of Jesus. You can use it in love, or you can use it in zealous self-righteousness to hammer and condemn people. It is up to you – and the true state of your heart.

All I can pray is that those reading this will stop and consider for a moment. Don’t be like me, and take years to discover these most basic things.

Let me ask you a simple question- Do you truly LOVE PEOPLE more than the ‘Truths’ you are trying to make them listen to? Do you value them as God does – and realize that He sees them as the most precious thing in all the earth? (-Especially His children).

How deeply can we come to realize this truth – that GOD LOVES PEOPLE. Yes – repeat it – “GOD LOVES PEOPLE”. -And so must we, if we are to represent Him on this planet.

Please PRAY about these things, my friends?

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Posted in Articles by Andrew on April 28th, 2010 at 12:07 pm.


Quotations from Famous People

Quotations from Famous People… The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

“The illusion of freedom in America will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”

– Frank Zappa

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Let those who have a strong, deep, abiding desire towards any special form of service to Christ, take it as presumptive proof that God intended them to do that work and that if in humility, faith and dependence they undertake it, He will prosper them in it.” – F. Guinness

If we truly believe that God is in control of all things, then we must be happy and content with just sowing seeds–trusting that the Lord will send whatever is needed to help those seeds take root and grow. – by Kim Duke

“A Christian is someone who shares the sufferings of God in the world.” And… “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Moses spent forty years in the king’s palace thinking that he was somebody; then he lived forty years in the wilderness finding out that without God he was a nobody; finally he spent forty more years discovering how a nobody with God can be a somebody.”

~ Dwight L. Moody

Be very careful if you make a woman cry, because God counts her tears. The woman came out of a mans rib. Not from his feet to be walked on. Not from his head to be superior, but From the side to be equal. Under the arm to be protected, & next to the heart to be loved. Some say this quote comes from the Jewish Talmud.

LIVE IN THE VICTORY OF JESUS – “Unless that which is above us – lives within us – we will be overcome by that which is around us” – Adrian Rogers

“Lead Me To The Cross – Everything I once held dear I count it all as lost – Bring me to my knees Lord – I lay me down at the cross – Rid me of self – I need to belong to You – Lead me to the cross – Where your love was poured out for me.” – Newsboys

Can you prove that Jesus Christ is not God? Read~ Flavius Josephus (A.D. 93), the Babylonian Talmud (A.D. 70–200), Pliny the Younger’s letter to the Emperor Trajan (approx. A.D. 100), the Annals of Tacitus (A.D. 115–117), Mara Bar Serapion (sometime after A.D. 73), and Suetonius’ Life of Claudius and Life of Nero (A.D. 120) when you have time.

There is no evidence for evolution, it is unproved and un-provable, science fiction, fairy tales, not supported by known science. It takes more faith/hope/trust in evolution than to believe God is the prime mover or first cause (causality) for the origin of life. – W. Brock

“Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future that only he can see.” – Corrie Ten Boom

“What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use – men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men – men of prayer.”

“Great are the wonders of prayer because great is the God who hears and answers prayer.” – E. M. Bounds

God looks at things from an “eternal” point of view. To Him the greatest disaster is for man to die in an unsaved state – totally unprepared for Judgment and eternity. God is even willing for there to be great shaking and turmoil in the earth, if it causes men to seek Him and find eternal salvation. – Andrew Strom

(Wicked People) “We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.” – David Rockefeller

(Wicked People) “A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.” – Ted Turner

(Wicked People) “Our objective is complete freedom, justice and equality by any means necessary.” – Malcom X

(Wicked People) “If the people were to ever find out what we have done, we would be chased down the streets and lynched.” – George H W Bush

(Wicked People) Environment and Eugenics Quotes: