We are to be ready and able to tell folks about the hope that Jesus has brought to our lives! But when we share this hope, two things are important: our credibility -- is Jesus really Lord of our hearts -- and our character -- do we show gentleness and respect in our persuasion approach. The goal is not to win arguments but hearts to the God of character!
In your hearts, set apart 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.
— 1 Peter 3:15
Dear Lord, thank you for speaking your grace in Jesus. We are not sure we would have heard any other message. Give us the conviction we need to share our hope in Jesus, but in a way that reflects your grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen
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