The single-most, potentially, powerful phrase in the world is, "I love you." As a missionary, my "mission" is to communicate one phrase in the language that all humans understand, "Jesus loves you."
Love is usually communicated when actions give context to words. Jesus Christ soaked up the eternal, infinite wrath of His Father and became sin for us. In near-death fatigue, muscles and flesh ripped to shreds, the Chosen One leaned forward and said, "Father, forgive them because they know not what they do." Jesus is infinite love, and His actions are convincing.
Through the power of Christ, we can reflect Christ's love. Our most significant method for this task is through truth-filled, authentic, vulnerable relationships. The old adage says, "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."
As we open our homes and hearts to new friends, we need God's wisdom for how to speak love. We need God's power and stamina to speak love into the souls of those we serve.
"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
We're a family on mission to bring the good news of Jesus to the Philippines.