Friday, December 16, 2022
“Our Actions Matter”
Carol Sue Hutchinson
How we approach and behave when we reach out to non-Christians is important. Many have been put off by over-zealous, condescending, or pushy people. In this passage of scripture, Paul has instructions for when we approach non-Christians.
We begin with prayer. Praying that we will be heard that what we say makes sense and most of all that we are gentle in our actions. Gentle isn’t that easy sometimes. Gentle can mean soft-spoken, patient, and gracious. These should be characteristics of our lives but there are some days when we miss the mark.
Be wise in the way we act toward others. Our witness is not ours; it is our witness of Jesus Christ. We can only present the gospel; God does the conversion. We begin the process and God completes it.
Make the most of every opportunity. Many times, others will open the door for us to begin to tell our stories and experiences with Christ. We need to be able to recognize these opportunities and take advantage of them. Our story and experience with Christ are unique. Often, we are the right person to share. When we miss that opportunity, it may be a long time before another presents itself.
Our conversation needs to be full of grace and seasoned with salt. Salt flavors whatever it touches. Our conversation needs to be ready to answer any questions that may arise. Our conversation needs to be open to the other person’s comments. So, this goes back to prayer. When we find ourselves with the opportunity to share, praying that God will use our words to say what can be heard.
Advent is that time of the year when we can take reflection time to refresh our story and experience so that we are ready to explain the hope that is within us.
Prayer: Lord, help us to recognize the opportunities that you give to us to share our experience of your love and forgiveness. We want others to know your grace in their lives. Amen.