Answering Respectfully

Question of Faith

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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)

When I came home after a Pilgrimage weekend, I wanted everyone to take part of this weekend. I was really excited about it and showed a lot of passion for the Pilgrimage ministry. People who have not been on a special weekend like this don’t understand the excitement, because they need to experience it first. I think it’s human nature to want to help others by sharing your experiences with them and encouraging them to do it a way you found worked.

Our relationship with Jesus is very exciting to us…and it works. So we want everyone to have a relationship with Jesus like we do. This is a good thing. Problems may arise when we come across as forceful or disrespectful. It is important to be gentle and respectful with people—to just love them where they are at and share with them what God has done for you. There are always questions by nonbelievers. Be gentle in your answers. Keep the focus on them and God and not on yourself. God will give you what you need to answer. You do not have to own a theological degree. Just be you…that’s how God created you to be.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for the many gifts you give to us. I pray that I can tell others about my relationship with you lovingly and with great respect. Amen

Faith Tip: If someone asked you today about your hope, what would you say?

Encouraging Passion for Jesus

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Cooking shows are interesting to me. I love to see the different ways of preparing food, and the skills used by the instructors. They make it look so easy. Their passion for their craft is easily seen and felt. By watching them, I am encouraged to try their food creations.

I believe that is the same principle in the Christian journey. We can encourage each other with how we show love to one another, help one another, join in together for work of the kingdom, pray together, share what God is doing in our lives, and many other ways. But we have to keep doing it. It starts with us as individuals. Show your passion for Jesus. Others will be moved by it. We sometimes forget that the “Day” is approaching. Jesus is coming back. Let us spur each other on in response to that fact. People are watching, and they need your encouragement.

Prayer: I praise you, Jesus, knowing that today you have planned for me to encourage someone in the faith. You are coming back. May I prepare my heart and life for such a wonderful day, and encourage others to do the same. Amen.

Faith tip: Look for ways today to encourage someone with the love of Christ.