I have spoken to several people lately who have had Christians share their faith with them, which is a good thing. However, they felt like they were mugged and bullied into answering questions.
It left them feeling angry with the person and it actually set both people back in their search for God. In talking to the people I remembered 1 Peter 3:15-16. Its says…
“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.”
A key part of this passage is to be ready to share your faith, but do it with gentleness and respect. Gentleness and respect includes listening to the person and making sure your sharing is a two way conversation. It is not just downloading your belief on to someone else or interogating their beliefs.
If you are sharing your faith with someone today, remember to show gentleness, respect and listen as much as you speak.