Recently, I’ve felt a bit convicted about my complacency with regard to sharing my faith with others. Peter tells us to always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that we have (1 Pet 3:15), and Paul instructs us to always look for opportunities to share that hope (Eph 5:16; Col 4:5).
To me, this means having an understanding of the gospel, and a working knowledge of how to present it. However, knowing that the gospel can be difficult for some to receive initially, both Peter and Paul add reminders that our messages must be smothered in grace.
Peter tells us to speak with gentleness and respect, which reminds us that we are trying to win souls – not arguments! To the necessity of gracious speech, Paul adds that we’re to “season” our speech to the taste of each individual. In other words, we need to present our message in a way that makes it the most palatable to each individual listener. That means we have to know them to some degree. We must watch, observe, and pay attention to those around us. It means spending the necessary time to know them, and things about their lives, so that our message can be tailored in such a way that it’s relevant to them.
But lost souls hang in the balance, and the time we spend is well worth it. So, let’s prepare for opportunities to share His message of mercy and forgiveness, and then seize each opportunity as it presents itself. And may each message be served with a heaping dose of individual care, gentleness, and grace. –Dave
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