Love God and love people. Love has always been and will always be the strongest force in the universe. No one can stand against it Not the worst Muslim or the best Christian. It is who God is and who He wants us to be. Love.
But there is something more. Read through the first chapter of Joshua and see what God commanded the children of Israel and what Jesus said in the Gospels —
“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. – Matthew 10:28
Practicing the lifestyle of fearlessness toward the world with the proper fear of God will allow you to see several things very clearly. For one thing, you will come to realize that you can be spiritual without being religious. The spirit carries weight with God – religion carries weight with people.
So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. Romans 8:6
You will also come to develop confidence in God’s ability to save people. I need to keep learning that it is the Spirit’s responsibility to bring people to Himself, and not mine.
I am beginning to discover that when I fear God, there is no room in my heart to be afraid of people. This allows me to be non-defensive, gentle, and above all, Christ-focused.
It is my prayer that we can find Jesus in the eyes and heart of our Muslim friends – that we can see them as a child searching for their father – that we can take them by the hand and walk the journey of life and faith together – one step at a time.