Gently and in Love

In the previous article we discussed approaching our brothers and sisters in Christ who are saved about when they sin. Today I want to talk about approaching those who are not yet saved about their sins and the gospel.

Have you ever heard the term “they need to be hit over the head with a Bible?” I have heard it a few times and while I understand where these people may be coming from, this phrase is not how Christians should be when they approach someone about Jesus. When we approach someone living in sin we should be very gentle and peaceful. By coming to them in a peaceful and gentle way we can show them that we truly love them and want the best for them. When we come at them forcefully and “smack them over the head with a Bible” we may come off as mean and forcing them to believe what we do.

Matthew 16:15 says, “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’” (ESV)

From previous articles posted, we know that the whole creation is referring to everything God created in Genesis 1; this includes all of humanity. We also know that the gospel is the amazing promise and truth that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sins.

Now let’s add into this Galatians 6:1-2. These verses say, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (ESV)

In verse one of that passage it says to restore the person you are confronting. I don’t know a better way to restore a person than to introduce or remind them of the gospel. John 8:36 says, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (ESV). We know through the gospel that if we are truly repentant and ask God to set us free, He will. By sharing with truth of Jesus love we can help them be set free from the sins they are bound to!

 

Live it Out

In the previous article about approaching fellow Christians about their sins, AJ discussed the log and the speck from Matthew 7. She also talked about preparing with prayer and to be sure we are approaching them with Biblical truths and not man-made ideas. These are both still so true even when approaching those who are not saved yet.

If you know someone who is not saved and is living in sin, I urge you to cover it in prayer. Ask God for the wisdom to know when and how to approach them. Next, look at your own life and me sure you aren’t forgetting about the log in your own eye. Finally, read God’s word and be prepared with biblical truths to approach those living in sin with.

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