Ralph Howe Ministries

Sometimes It’s Hard to Be Civil

July 8, 2021

Many Christians fall into one of two categories - two different extremes

 

1> There are some who don’t engage with nonbelievers at all about spiritual matters because they feel afraid, intimidated, or ill-equipped

 

2> there are others who do engage with nonbelievers, but it can be in a manner that is obnoxious or argumentative; critical and judgmental

 

The solution or remedy to both of these extremes is found in 1 Peter 3:15

 

 

“… but in your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defence to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (ESV)

 

 

“Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you're living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy.” (MSG)

 

Our effectiveness for the Gospel begins with a reverence for Jesus as Lord in our hearts

 

And we are called to always be ready to give an answer to those who ask us the reason why we have hope

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