We all want to spread the message of God’s love. But there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it, and being too pushy can have a negative impact on the power of your testimony. You want to find a gentle, effective way of witnessing to those around you, especially when those people are your non-Christian friends. There are some things you can do to make sure you are giving our a good image when putting your faith out there.
First, live by example. No one trusts a hypocrite, and if you are teaching about one way of life, but turning around and living contrary to that belief, you will show a very negative view of Christianity. You should live your life in Christ, and practice what you preach. When you live according to Jesus’ plan and standards, His light will shine through. That is sure to come across in your everyday dealings with others.
Second, know your stuff. You are sure to encounter many questions and conflicts when witnessing, sometimes from the other person’s curiosity, and sometimes from direct malice. They will throw their arguments at you, or ask about certain points in the Bible, and you should know the answers. If you don’t, have a Bible with you and look it up together. But be prepared to present a real argument, but without trying to prove them wrong, or being combative.
Third, be tolerant. Going into the discussion with a “you’re wrong” attitude is a fatal flaw. Not to mention, when addressing someone of another faith, you may be surprised by how similar many things really are. Find common ground, discuss intelligently, and be open-minded. You won’t win any
friends by ridiculing their beliefs.
Written by Olivia in U.S.A.