This blog might seem opposite of the last one but it’s really not. Too many times, in our endeavor to get people turned on to God’s word and His way of doing things, we have the opposite effect on the ones we’re ministering to.
So many times when we’re talking to people and they’re telling us their problems, we know that God has the answer and in our zeal, we blurt it out without considering how it comes across. Sometimes not so good. And here’s the problem: no matter what the truth is that we’re sharing, we need to do it in love. The deliver is so important because if we come across as obnoxious or know-it-all, and they don’t receive it because of us, we have failed. It’s not only what you say (the truth) but also how you say it.
Once you offend someone, it becomes more difficult to get their ear next time. Yes, we, as born-again, Bible believing, Spirit-filled Christians have answers for people in need but if we’re going to reach them, we need to practice and pay attention to our delivery.
The Gospel is the Good News and we need to present it that way. The world has had all the bad news they can stand and since we’re the ones with the Good News, it behooves us to walk in love and let the Word of God and His love shine through us!
Be sure to let the Holy Spirit lead and guide you when presenting your message. You can’t beat people up with the scriptures as if they should already know them. Be gentle but firm and let your sincere convection show forth. Many are watching to see if you actually believe what you’re telling them to believe.
D. L. Moody once said that we should preach the gospel everywhere we go, in everything we do, and to everyone we meet, and if need be, use words! I think you get the message. People are watching our actions, not just our words. Be aware of this and let the Holy Spirit lead you.
Colossians 4:6 (KJV) 6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Colossians 3:15 (KJV) 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.