Jesus said the second most important commandment is ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ A The most important prerequisites for being a good witness for Jesus are; knowing Jesus personally; growing in fellowship and loving other people. An effective witness is not someone trying to be sure to meet a goal but someone who shares out of love.
1 Peter 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts,  always being ready to make a defense  to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, ]3] yet with gentleness and reverence;  (NASB)
 Daily set apart Jesus as Lord and Master in your life!
 If He is Lord and Master we will love others and want them to know the peace that comes from knowing Jesus personally. We will: begin the day praying for divine appointments to share our faith; have simple faith stories based on our life to use as gospel message starters; pray on the spot short prayers for guidance; this being ready may require many meetings even over many years as we model the love of Jesus and relate our faith stories. We never want to bruise the fruit by prematurely going too deep. Always follow the Holy Spirit’s lead.
 Then when the opportunity arises we can give an account of how we were saved and share the plan of salvation fully, asking for a commitment then or after further thought.
 The witness is always to be gentle and reverent as an instrument of God’s sharing the love of Jesus.
Notes: A- Mark 12:28-31 CSB;
Henry Luke 3/19/2018
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