Encountering Opposition
 
 
Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love (Ephesians 4:2). 
 
 
Dear friends:
 
One day a man came to me after one of my lectures and very pointedly exclaimed to me, "I don't believe in God, I don't believe in Christ, and I don't believe in the Bible."  
 
But I discerned that his verbal attack was only a cover-up for his aching heart.  He was looking for God.  He was hoping that I would see through the facade, and God gave me grace to see he wasn't there to argue.  I sensed that he was crying, "Help me."
 
So I said, "Why don't we sit down and talk?  Tell me what you don't believe about the Bible?"
 
"I just don't believe it," he insisted.  "It's filled with all kinds of myths and contradictions."
 
And I asked, "Have you ever read it?"
 
He said, "Oh, yes, I've read it from cover to cover."
 
"Well, show me a problem."
 
"Well, there are thousands of them."  He was getting flustered.
 
"How long ago did you read the Bible?" I pressed.
 
"Well, quite a while ago," he said hesitantly.
 
"How old were you when you read it?"
 
"When I was 12."
 
He was now about 19 or 20 years old.  I persisted.  "Are you letting what you read when you were 12 years old influence your lifelong decision?"   I used to do the same thing during my days of agnosticism.  I would quote people without checking the source for myself.  So I presented the gospel to him, and he received Christ.
 
When we encounter opposition in our witness, may God give us grace and discernment to see through outward arguments, which are often only a facade hiding inward and long-standing hurts or irrational biases.  May we be able to view them through the eyes of our Savior, who died for them as well as for us. He
longs for them to believe Him, and be reconciled to their Creator.
 
The gospels record many personal encounters experienced by our Lord.  In each case, He displayed love, grace and wisdom.  The only people He had a problem with were religious, self-righteous people, who stood ready to condemn.  He rebuked those people, and showed great compassion to everyone else. 
 
Let us be careful with our rebukes, but generous with our compassion.
 
 
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
 
Bill Bright

 

 

 

Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
Bill Bright


The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details

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