In seminary my evangelism prof always told us 2 things constantly - ‘bloom where you are planted’ and ‘have thick skin and a soft heart’. Thick skin means we can handle insults without insulting in return - our speech can be seasoned with salt even when the other person is tearing us down. And a soft heart means loving others no matter how they are treating us - not letting their misdeeds affect our heart for the world.
How do you think we can cultivate ‘thick skin and a soft heart’? How important do you think doing so is if we are to be a witness in our divided culture?
Jesus, we ask you for thick skin and a big heart. We want to love well—when it’s easy and when it’s not. Help us remember that your name is Redeemer , and that when appropriate, you will repay, you will avenge. Indeed, more clearly than we see those who hurt us, let us you —the one who cherishes us. More than we desire to see burning coals heaped on their heads, let us see you , crowned Lord of all. We can overcome evil with good only because you have crushed evil under your feet.
And Jesus, where we’re just too sensitive, too easily offended, too quick to keep a record of wrongs done to us, too slow to overlook the failures of others, have mercy on us. Free us to do the right thing in the moment—the gospel thing.