When asked about our faith

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

Some Christians believe that faith is a personal matter that should be kept to oneself.   It is true that we shouldn’t be boisterous or obnoxious in sharing our faith, but we should always be ready to give an answer, gently and respectfully, when asked about our faith, our life-style, or our Christian perspective. Can others see your hope in Christ? Are you prepared to tell them what Christ has one in your life? (NLT)

1 Peter 3:13-17 – Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t be afraid and don’t worry. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if you are asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But you must do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak evil against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.   Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!

Quoted verse: Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. – 1 Timothy 4:12 (NRSV)

“Story” – Nancy Lewis Shelton (Missouri, USA) titled her story “A WALKING TESTIMONY;” here is Nancy’s story:

“As I watched Lainie, my 15-year-old granddaughter, walk out of Central High School, I noticed that she was wearing a cross necklace and had John 3:16 [see * below] printed on her shirt. On the way to drop off her friend Jeannie, I listened to the girls chat about an after-school Christian meeting and Lainie’s church youth group. Then, Lainie reminded Jeannie to be ready for a ride to church Sunday morning.

“I compared Lainie’s actions with my own at this same high school years before. Although a Christian, I had been too worried about embarrassment or criticism to share my faith. And I hadn’t done so in the years since. But that day, I resolved to follow Lainie’s example. I prayed for help to overcome my fears. Soon my simple acts – such as wearing a shirt with a Christian message, offering to pray with someone, or comforting a hurting friend – prompted conversations about God’s love. I found ways to encourage new worshipers, invite others to church, and help with my church’s many mission projects.

“The more I risked, the more opportunities I had to witness to others. God calls each of us to spread the gospel, even if it means facing rejection or criticism. No matter our age or situation, God will lead us to serve others by showing them the way to Christ.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will find ways to share God’s word.

Prayer: Dear God, give us courage and guidance to show others your love and grace. Amen.

Prayer Focus: THOSE HESITANT TO SHARE THEIR FAITH

* John 3:16 – [Jesus said] “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

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