Gentle, Respectful, Loving

I have seen families (and Church groups) that drive around in large vans with threatening Bible verses all over them.  They also stand out on street corners YELLING at full volume how everyone is going to die because of their sins.   “You are sinners.  You will perish in a lake of fire for eternity.  You have separated yourselves from God and you will pay the ultimate price!”

Yeah, I want to join that church.  I really desire to walk along side their loving attitude.  I’m sure I would be accepted into their groups.  Not.

My desire isn’t to bash them.  I’m sure they are doing what they feel God wants them to do.  I wonder if anyone has ever turned from their evil ways to follow God after being shouted at.  I wonder if anyone sees a truly loving God through all the yelling.

I also wonder if they have ever read this verse . . .

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15 NIV

Remember to be gentle, respectful, and loving today.  Most people don’t like to be yelled at.

Childcup

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