But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
Perhaps you’ve heard it said that some people listen to understand while others listen to respond. When talking with people who may see the world differently, it is essential to be prepared with words that inspire and affirm the hope we have in Christ, but it is equally important to treat them as humans made in the image of God whom Christ dearly loves. Our words are seldom as persuasive as our kind, caring, hope-filled hearts.
Gentleness and respect cannot be overrated. If Christ is allowed to flow through us, others will be drawn to his heart. Persons who once believed or who have never believed in the saving grace of Christ need to know they are loved beyond measure. We can take strong stands on matters of importance while also honoring the dignity of people for whom Christ died.
Lord, make us instruments of your gentleness and respect toward humanity. Make us conduits of the grace that only comes from the sacrificial love you have shown us.
Prayer Journal Reflections
Reflect on bringing people to Jesus in the church in Canada and the United States.
President’s Aide, Trevecca Nazarene University