Personal Mission Field/Conversation
How should you speak the truth? Without bitterness, without indulgence, with patience, with gentleness. Moderation and wisdom and true holiness; one attains to them together. When does one attain to them? When his truth is without fault.
- Colman mac Beognai, Aipgitir Chrabaid (Irish, 7th century)
And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome, but kind to everone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness.
- 2 Timothy 2.24, 25
The Lord's message to humankind is Good News. As such, it must be communicated. It pleases God to entrust the communication of His Good News to the people who have come to know it - you and me.
This is a most glorious trust, to have been appointed messengers of the Word that brings life! Not only must we make sure that we know the message and can convey its content accurately. We must also guard the manner of our speaking, that we might communicate with urgency yet patience, passion yet without pushiness, gentleness but firmness.
How can we acquire these skills? Through prayer and practice, nothing more. God promises that if we seek His help He will never fail us. He promises to give us the words we need when we need them. But we must seek Him day by day.
And we must make the most of every opportunity to initiate conversations with others about the Good News. Let us not be so silly as to think people are not interested. They are very interested, just as in every generation. If we can show them a caring and personable demeanor, and make our case with reverence and love, we may expect to be received seriously by those with whom we share.
Are you praying for the Lord to use you today? Are you ready to give a reason for the hope that is within you, with gentleness and respect?
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