Holding back our joy from others

Let us pray for healing from our own brokenness and insecurities that are holding us back from sharing God to others.

Have you ever felt like holding back your faith from others not because of fear, but because you simply don’t want them to experience the same joy you have felt by being in a relationship with God?

I have. From time to time, I admit that I still struggle with sharing God to people who are too aggressive (at least, for me) in pursuing their goals that I feel they no longer consider other people’s feelings. (The words “I feel” means that I am also judging them without actually knowing their story or their background.)

This is probably how the Pharisees and their scribes felt when Jesus ate with sinners and tax collectors.

“The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’” — Luke 5:30

They may not have believed that Jesus was the Messiah, but they also did not want the sinners and tax collectors to experience being in a relationship with God. Because of their self-righteousness, they probably did not want others to share in their joy.

Today, let us ask God to renew our hearts. Let us ask Him to open our hearts especially to those who are different from us. Let us pray for the patience, humility, and understanding in order for us to truly love others, to accept them, and to put ourselves in their shoes.

Let us pray for healing from our own brokenness and insecurities that are holding us back from sharing God to others.