IF YOU CAN’T SHARE YOUR FAITH IN LOVE, KEEP IT TO YOURSELF…

One of our responsibilities as believers in the God of Israel through Jesus Christ is to share our faith to make disciples…

Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

However, we have too many so-called believers who are doing more harm than good in HOW they share their faith…

In anger…

Mean-spirited…

Arrogantly…

Proud…

Condescending…

Malicious…

With Insults…

Self-righteous…

Showing signs of hate for the ‘sinner’ whether that hate for the ‘sin’…

Seemingly forgetting that we are ALL sinners saved by grace, many of whom have created more or greater sins since they’ve been saved rather than before.

Too many people in Western culture has allowed the equating of toughness, aggression and machismo to strength to creep into how their faith and how they share it.

We will convert or convince no one by being mean, insulting, and self-righteous.

Check out these verses…

Colossians 4:5-6 (NKJV)

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Galatians 6:1-4 (NKJV)

Brethren, if a man is [a]overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

2 Timothy 2:24 (NKJV)

24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,

Ephesians 4:2 (NKJV)

with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,

Now look at how our Lord and Savior described Himself…

Matthew 11:29 (NKJV)

29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am [a]gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Notice that when Paul was in Athens that he never belittled those who didn’t believe as he did, but reasoned with them…which means speaking and listening. (Acts 17:16-34 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2017%3A16-34&version=NIV).

There are too many “Christians” who feel justified in demeaning those who sin differently than they do.

There are too many believers who beat people up for the sins they ‘cherry-pick’, while excusing those they ‘have decided for God aren’t as serious’…

The ‘Fruit of the Spirit must be displayed and evident when we share our faith…

It’s easy for the enemy to highjack our intentions if we aren’t careful. Sometimes it’s less about what God wants, but more about what we want and what scriptures can we find to back it up.

Always be honest with yourself and your motives. And remember this…

Matthew 7:22-23 (NKJV)

22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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