The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Bringers VI... Respond, Don't React

"Come to me, all you who are who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matt.11:28).

When others respond to our evangelistic efforts with courtesy, its pretty easy to leave the door open for future engagement, even if they initially decline. Often I offer them one of my "business cards" in hope that my kindness may not go unnoticed, and a proper response might be, "the offer is always open in case you change your mind." Unfortunately, many times our efforts are not met or received so amiably. How about if the person responds in a harsh manner saying something like this; "I hate it when you Bible thumpers try to cram that book down my throat..." Under those circumstances, its harder to react in a Christ-like manner, because our basic instincts cause us to perceive confrontation as danger. We must resist the temptation to respond in kind, and react defensively... We must resist the urge to react negatively and fight back at all costs! Instead, react with grace and even empathy. Perhaps you could say, "I don't blame you because I hate having things crammed down my throat too..." If you leave them remembering how kindly you treated them despite their hostility about being verbally assaulted, it might leave a good impression. Just remember that some folks will be offended no matter how you approach them, though our critical and judgmental methods are typically the cause of such unnerving reactions... Can we expect to smack a beehive without being stung? A wise evangelist once said that "we should leave our crowbars at home..." In simpler words, we must let God open the doors for us instead of trying to force open those that have not been unlocked. Next Friday we'll speak about the hearers....

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Today God Is First.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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