From Apostle Paul to the Colossians and of course to us too: ”Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.” Colossians 4:5
How do we treat unbelievers and others outside of the Christian faith? Do we look down on them, treat them with contempt? Or do we show them love, extend grace and tolerance?
This scripture got me thinking about how Jesus treated those who didn’t believe in Him or disagreed with Him. He dealt with them wisely. At times He’d walk away from them; other times He’d stay silent as they spewed nonsense and venom at Him! Sometimes He’d rebuke them or refer them to the Law!
We have a mandate to win many for Christ and our attitide towards those we need to win is important. So Paul says we should exercise wisdom as Christ did, without compromising ourselves and our principles. Jesus would “eat with sinners”, interact with them, allow them into His space without being contaminated by them.
As we encounter unbelievers, I pray that God will give you and I wisdom in dealing them so we may win some for Christ. May we not give them the opportunity to castigate our Lord and Savior by the way we treat them or conduct ourselves in their presence.