-God knows what I am made of. I do not have to prove myself to anyone but him.
-No, I "preach" what I practice. The reason I preach the love, kindness, grace, redemption and peace of God is because every ounce of my body is filled with it.
-Yes, on some level, it does. My walk with God is a lifestyle. I take God and represent my walk with him everywhere I go in my speech and actions. If I'm demonstrating and representing my faith to others in a way that cause another person to stumble or turn them off of Christ, then yes, it absolutely does matter.
The truth of God sometimes is painful. It causes us to try to go against our human nature and forsake the detrimental ways that come so easy to us. However, the message of salvation, of what Jesus did when he died on the cross for us, is NOT offensive. If I offend someone sharing the message of Jesus, I do not consider myself to have been an effective influence.
at 10:30 AM on Jul. 29, 2009