Likewise, when we are dealing with those who are outside of faith, we have to be wise in our relationships with them. Wether it is family, co-workers, or someone you meet in passing, you have to be cautious.
Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
The second reason goes along with the first, we may be the only example of Jesus that they see. In walking wisely we will be that light on the hill to them. However, if we join in say the water cooler gossip with them they will not see us as a light but as someone no better than them.
Thirdly, we need to walk wisely is so that we can give an answer to any question that they might throw at us. That is why we need to study the Word of God not just sit in church and hear it. I had a friend ask me why I don't pray to Mary. My response was immediately because Jesus said that He is the only way to the Father. Then I asked him, "if Jesus is the only way to the Father why would I go to Mary?" We covered several other points of differences in the same manner. To each question he asked I was able to respond with verse and spin the question back to him. It got him to think.
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