Committed to changing hearts and minds rather than resorting to violence or threats
Removing another's obstacles to belief by being
. An Ambassador wonít quarrel, but will listen in order to understand, then with gentleness seek to respectfully correct those in opposition.
Reasonable. An Ambassador has informed convictions (not just feelings), gives reasons, asks questions, aggressively seeks answers, and will not be stumped by the same challenge twice.
Tactical. An Ambassador adapts to each unique person and situation, maneuvering with wisdom to challenge bad thinking, presenting the truth in an understandable and compelling way.
Clear. An Ambassador is careful with language, and will not rely on Christian lingo nor gain unfair advantage with empty rhetoric.
Fair. An Ambassador is sympathetic and understanding towards the opposition, and will acknowledge the merits of contrary views.
Honest. An Ambassador is careful with the facts and will not misrepresent his opponent, overstate his own case, or understate the demands of the Gospel.
Humble. An Ambassador is provisional in his claims, knowing that his understanding of truth is fallible, and will not press a point beyond what his evidence allows.
Attractive. An Ambassador will act with grace, kindness, and good manners and will not dishonor Christ in his conduct.
Dependent. An Ambassador knows that persuasion requires joining his best efforts with Godís power.
Adapted from "Ambassador's Creed" by Gregory Koukl
Proverbs 16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Proverbs 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
I know how to guide vital truths around another's mental roadblocks.
II Timothy 2:24
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
-- Romans 8:28-29
I have remembered Thy Name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept Thy Law.
-- Psalm 119:55
This isn't that New Age "Positive Thinking" stuff, is it??
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