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Thoughts on Today's Verse...

How do we win the hearts of those hostile to us and our faith? How do we influence them to follow Jesus? While we need skilled defenders and expositors of biblical truth among believers today, most of us will win others to Jesus by how we live daily and how we treat them personally. No matter how much criticism and harsh treatment we may receive, our deeds must remain Christ-like. To do less is to rob others of a chance to see the living Christ in action through us.

My Prayer...

Holy and righteous Father, please forgive me for not being more aware of my influence on others, especially those around me who do not know Christ. Please fill me with your Spirit and strengthen me so I will stand up under the criticism and scrutiny that sometimes comes my way. And, Father, I want to do this with gentleness and respect toward those who are unfair to me (1 Peter 3:13-16). Please use my life to impact others as they see what I believe and why I have hope through the way I live. In Jesus' name. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to [email protected].

Today's Verse Illustrated

Inspirational illustration of 1 Peter 2:12