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Friendly Persuasion

“Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences.” 2 Corinthians 5:11 (NASB)
In response to his critics at Corinth, who challenged his authority and his motives, Paul has taken on an evangelistic ministry of trying to persuade men to accept Christ. He does this, not for his own sake, but for the sake of those whom he persuades.
Believers are often cautioned about being too pushy in evangelism, about “cramming the gospel down people’s throats.” Yet Paul said, “We persuade men.”
It is possible to persuade without becoming offensive. Showing courtesy and respect toward people will give us much more latitude in trying to persuade them than if we fail in those common graces. Having a clear, well-reasoned testimony for our faith will also be more persuasive than expressing mere feelings and impressions. Of course, some people will be offended by any expression of faith. For them, any kind of testimony is probably being “pushy.” Paul, too, was opposed on many occasions. Most of need to work, not on being too pushy, but being too timid.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16 (NASB)

The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 74

“Who is the faithful, farsighted servant whom the master has put in charge of his household to dispense food at need? Happy that servant whom the master discovers at work on his return! I assure you, he will be put in charge of all his property. But if the servant is worthless and tells himself, ‘My master is a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, to eat and drink with drunkards, that man’s master will return when he is not ready and least expects him. He will punish him severely and settle with him as is done with hypocrites. There will be wailing then and gnashing of teeth.”
Matthew 24:45-51 (NAB)

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