Courage. It is a challenge for Christians when faced by the day to day changes of this world. Opinions, arguments, politics all fly at us at a blinding pace. So how do we deal with it? How do we stand firm in the faith while going about converting as we are called to do.
We must do everything that we do with love for all. Hate the sin but love the sinner. Easier typed than done, I know.
1 Chronicles 28:20 (NIV)
David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.
If you have difficulty in this area of your Christian life, you are certainly not alone. Remember all of those who have done the work before us that laid down their life for the kingdom. Most importantly, remember that Christ only loved all of us, yet was crucified.
If you find yourself backed in the corner for your faith, being called on the carpet for your Christian beliefs, remember that the enemy is behind it, not the one who is standing before you. This is where you must love them. You must pray for those who don’t pray for themselves. Being Christian doesn’t always mean that you have to take a beating. Stand firm but let the word “LOVE” go before all that you do and say. Keep Christ in the forefront of your mind so that your words and thoughts will be his.
Turning the other cheek is tough. Reading someone’s thoughts and beliefs that you know are not the Father’s can be hard. Engaging in a personal, online debate is probably not going to change their beliefs. Pray for an opportunity to reach them. Pray for God to change their heart. Be armed and ready when the chance arises, but again, do it with love.