Firm but kind
God expects Christians to take a firm stand on morals and doctrine. But how can we do this without closing doors unnecessarily?
“The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth . . .” (2 Timothy 2:24-25).
Kindness, patience, and gentleness prevent our coming across as abrasive, arrogant, holier-than-thou know-it-alls.
A lifestyle that changes minds
People are quick to note whether we practice what we preach (1 Timothy 6:1; Titus 2:9-10; 1 Peter 2:15; 3:1-2, 15-16).
Also, good deeds make the truth attractive (Matthew 5:16; 1 Peter 2:12).
With this approach we may win a soul for Christ!
And won’t that make it all worthwhile?
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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