The Holy Spirit pours within us the zeal to give witness to Christ and to evangelize to our loved ones. Moreover, it is only this same Spirit that can empower us to do so effectively. However, we must become cognizant of those sins and obstacles in our lives that prevent the Spirit from guiding us freely and completely. Once we perceive what they are, we ought to seek out the Lord’s forgiveness in Confession, collaborate with the Spirit in removing these barriers from our lives, and permit Him to empower us to bear witness to Christ no matter what the circumstances and consequences may be.
Indeed, giving witness is our loving duty as followers of Christ and ought to occur instinctively as a result of our new life in Him. Certainly, the Sacred Scriptures offer a number of passages on giving witness to God and evangelizing through our manner of living. In particular, Paul the Apostle shares with us what I believe can be considered as foundational instructions for witnessing and evangelizing:
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...ng those blessings pertaining to our spiritual life. Without humility, we continue to engage in bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling, along with all malice. However, humility makes it possible to be kind to others, compassionate, and forgiving towards other people, because humility reminds us that we can just as easily err and sin as those we are speaking with.
As we endeavor to bring Christ to others through our words and testimony, let us remember to first bring others to Christ through our prayers and sacrifices. If we do not know how to pray as we ought, let us not lose hope. The Spirit of God “comes to the aid of our weakness,” and “intercedes with inexpressible groanings.” (Rom 8:26) The Holy Spirit will accompany us in our prayers and sacrifices, our words and deeds, and our Christian testimony and living. He will certainly do this if we let Him.
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