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16th January 2024

The Heart of The Gospel


 With unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,

are being transformed . . .


2 Corinthians 3:18



When E. Stanley Jones, well-known missionary to India, had the opportunity to meet with Mahatma Gandhi, he asked a searching question of India’s revered leader: “How can Christianity make a stronger impact on your country?” Gandhi very thoughtfully replied that three things would be required. 


First, Christians must begin to live more like Jesus.

Second, the Christian faith should be presented without any adulteration.

Third, Christians should emphasise love, which is at the heart of the Gospel. 


These insightful suggestions are the key to effective evangelism around the world. As messengers of God’s love, we are to be human mirrors who reflect without distortion a growing likeness to our Lord; we are not to walk in “craftiness” (2 Cor 4:2). If our lives reflect an image that is spiritually blurred, the truth of saving grace may not be clearly communicated (v 3-5). We are also to share the biblical essentials of our faith clearly. We must not handle the Word of God “deceitfully” (v 2). And our lives are to be marked by love for God and others.


Let us each be sure that we reflect a clear image of the likeness of the Lord Jesus, the truth of God, and love.


Bible Reading

2 Corinthians 4:1-6.

Prayer

Great Jehovah God, help me in my day-to-day life, mirror the Lord Jesus in all that I do, and say. Amen.
















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