Bold as Love: What Can Happen When We See People the Way God Does
by Bob Roberts Jr.
Published by Thomas Nelson
The message of this book for us to step out of our comfort zones to love boldly. I am challenged to really seek out those who are in need of love through word or action in our community.
I’m really at a loss of words for a review of this book. I wanted to choose a few quotes to add in here, but there were many quotable quotes. You would have ended up reading the book from the review.
It is not about trying to find the right moments or methods to introduce someone to the gospel, to our faith. It is about actually living it out! It does not have to be a difficult thing to do. It could be as simple as asking a friend out to coffee and seeing how they are really doing. Loving others boldly as Christ did opens doors to bringing others to Him. If you connect with people, they will be connected to Christ. They might not become Christ-followers, but they will be connected to Him in a deeper way through your relationship with Him.
I just love the images that come to mind as the author is describing his work in his local community, as well as globally. It is amazing! I’m excited just thinking about it. Although it’s not without risk that we love.
Well, perhaps Roberts does have better words than I do to describe what he means by loving boldly. Here are some of his words:
- Loving others isn’t something we do when we agree with them, or wen they’re like us, or even when we like them. Loving others was made for when it’s hard, scary, and near impossible. p.27
- Jesus was brilliant when he said this [Love your enemies], because it is impossible to love someone and still be his or her enemy. In other words, as Christians we have no enemies. p. 48
- This doesn’t mean everything is warm and fuzzy. When we really believe the gospel, and we really love someone, we will weep for his or her soul. To pray for “peoples” is important, but to love a specific “person” changes the way we pray…The person will help us understand the masses. p.94
- He didn’t enter us to stay cooped up, but to be bold as love.
If you don’t have a chance to check out the book Bold as Love, you can still check out Bob Roberts, Jr.’s blog at Glocal.net.