"He will not crush those who are weak, or quench the smallest hope, until he brings full justice with his final victory. And his name will be the hope of all the world." Matthew 12:20-21, NLT
I do not want people to feel beat up about sharing their faith; I want to encourage them to share their faith. Why? Look at Peter! In his life, we see certain things that are important for us to recognize. Peter had failed miserably not only by not sharing his faith, but also by denying his faith. Then, in the book of Acts we see a changed Peter. He boldly declares to the Jewish leaders, "Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole." (Acts 4:10 NKJV). Despite Peter's failure, God still worked through him.
Perhaps you have had some failures in sharing your faith. Maybe you have even denied Jesus in your words or your actions. However small or frail your desire to tell others about Jesus may be, God will take that desire and fan the flames of it until it is a roaring blaze. God wants us to share our faith, and He works with us right where we are. All He asks for is a willing heart and mouth to speak on His behalf.
Life Lesson: God can give us a boldness to share our faith.
Thank You for this gift of salvation. Help me to be bold in sharing it with others. I haven't been so bold in the past and have closed my mouth when I should have spoken. Please forgive me for that and renew my desire to share this message of forgiveness of sins to the world. I pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.