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Honey and Vinegar

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

There is an old proverb, "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar." Of course, the meaning is folks our more likely to respond to the positive than the negative. While the sweetness of honey draws folks in, they find the acidity of the vinegar is repellent.

How does this apply to our spiritual journey? In talking with others about Christ, our approach matters. We can go all "hell fire and damnation" on them, or we can share what Christ has done in our lives and how his love has transformed us. The vinegar approach uses fear as motivation. The honey approach is made with gentleness and respect and demonstrates God's love. In our testimony, we want folks to desire the same relationship with Christ that we enjoy.

Precious Lord of love, we come humbly before you today to offer our simple thanks. We are grateful for the deliverance and freedom found in you. May our lives serve as an example of your transformation in us. When we talk with others about you, may it always be your message of love. Make our words honey to them, and create a desire to know you. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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