Wednesday, February 10, 2010

With Kindness and Gentleness

I read something in one of my daily devotionals today about sharing the Gospel with others. It said that we are called to be bearers of truth, not enforcers of faith. I thought that was a good point because some Christians are disrespecting when trying to share their faith. You must be kind and gentle, respecting the person even if you don’t agree with his or her beliefs.

If you come across as obnoxious and a spiritual know-it-all, you have accomplished nothing except to alienate the person. Many people don’t understand why Christians share their faith with them – it is a foreign concept to many. However, we Christians are called by Jesus to do so, but we must do it properly. Remember, it is the Holy Spirit, not you, who will move a person.

Speaking of being a faith enforcer, I’ve seen Christians who are hostile to other Christians who don’t believe exactly the way they do. They feel their brand of Christianity is the only way – all others are seriously lacking. I think it is terrible when a person tries to “convert” a fellow believer to his particular kind of faith. People are at different stages of their faith walk and come from different traditions. Yet people practically come to blows over immersion vs. sprinkling, tongues, eschatology, baptism in the Spirit, and styles of worship.

What’s really important is this statement of faith: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

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