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A tip on witnessing

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”  Colossians 4:5-6.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Colossians 1-4.

I am looking at these verses and I’m thinking that they are only about interacting with nonbelievers.

But on second look, and I pray before writing these entries, I am struck by the word “always” in the middle of it.

Could it be that one of the reasons witnessing is so difficult for many of us is that we see it as a part-time activity.

If we aren’t witnessing to those in our midst, no wonder it is difficult when we try it in new territory.

Witnessing must be present in our normal conversations.  If not, it becomes convoluted and awkward to do.

I believe that successful witnessing requires an understanding of appropriate techniques.  There is a need for, “They say this, so I counter with this.”  However, the skill of being a conversationalist must not be left out.

I must enter every conversation with Psalm 19:14 in mind: “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart (thoughts) be acceptable/pleasing to You, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”

“I need You, Lord, in every conversation I will be in today.  Let me not take any of them lightly.  Fill me with You, I beg, so that every thought, every word, brings glory to You.  Prick my conscience when I mess things up.  I love You, Father.”

I must be Godly in every conversation I am in today.

 

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Behavior toward outsiders

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversations be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”  Colossians 4:5-6

(Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading – 1 Kings 22 & 2 Chronicles 18-19 & Colossians 4)

I will certainly have plenty of opportunities to interact with unbelievers.

No question I need Godly wisdom to interact rightly.  

A key piece here is that I must let God be in charge.  He prepares hearts.  I need to be sure that He has prepared me.  Flying solo will result in spiritual failure.

I must have a relationship with God that is complete.  I must learn to think His Thoughts after Him.  His Words must become my words.  Doing His Will must be my goal.

If I am tight with Him, then my heart will be right.  Since my words are the overflow of my heart, then those words will be His Words.  How simple it sounds!

“Lord, I need You in every sentence I utter.  I need You in every thought I think.  I surrender every part of me to You.  Take me over, I beg.”IMG_1662

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