I became a Christian when I was 20 and as God began to work in my life, I noticed that questions began to really cloud my mind.
I never doubted my salvation nor did I question the fact that Christ gave me the Comforter to help me become a better witness. The problem came in the form of not being able to really engage with people who had a negative attitude toward God or people who really didn’t believe that there really is a Creator.
When conversing with these individuals, I found myself frustrated and many times having my feelings hurt. Of course, many times I got just plain angry. With those feeling my witness was destroyed and I failed them in the worst way. It forced me to be very sad and actually I felt sorrow for not helping them see what was in my heart.
As I began to really study the ministry of Jesus, I noticed a very profound fact: He never got frustrated, and always engaged everyone in a loving and proactive way. His apologetic approach has given me new life in my conversations with non-Christians and I now look forward to sharing the good news with anyone without being embarrassed that I might not know the answer to one of their questions. And no matter what the outcome of the conversation, I know I have represented my faith and not backed down to adversity. With the world constantly trying to put Christianity on the defensive, we need a plan to deal with adversity in a positive and pleasant way and not try to preach but embrace them and answer their needs with humility and not vindictiveness.
I would like to challenge you to study Jesus’s ministry from a mercy mission and apply it to your Christian life. You will be happier and more effective.