Philippians 2:5: “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.” NASB
When you are witnessing, your attitude is very important. Jesus had the attitude of a servant; so should we. Remember the story Jesus told in Luke 18 of the Pharisee and the Publican? They both went to the temple to pray. The Pharisee was full of himself and boasted about how righteous he was as he compared himself to the publican. The publican only prayed for mercy from God. Jesus said in verse 14: “I tell you, this man (the publican) went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted”.
I fear that I often look on the unsaved with a righteous attitude rather than an attitude of a servant. I look on sin as wrong and I want to correct the person who is living in a sinful way. Jesus looks at the sinner with love. He is concerned with leading them to repentance and giving them eternal life.
So, when I have the attitude of Christ Jesus, I will witness with love and compassion. When we are talking with someone who needs our Savior, we need to watch our attitude, our tone of voice, our body language. Everything we say and do should be bathed in the love of our Lord.
Remember, (if you’re not too young) the tent revivals? The preachers delivered the gospel in dramatic voices. They preached “fire and brimstone”. The result is thousands of souls reached for Jesus. It was said that many were “scared” into the Kingdom. It may not be the most popular way to save the lost, but it is effective. However, when we are witnessing on a personal, one-to-one basis, it is perhaps better to speak in a calm, loving voice. Establish a relationship with your prospect and then speak the truth in love. Don’t “water down” the message. There is a real hell and the unsaved are destined to spend eternity in torment. We know the only way to Heaven and we cannot keep it to ourselves. We must tell others!
You should approach witnessing with the attitude of humility, not with a “holier than thou” attitude. Remember, Christians are not perfect; only forgiven. Somebody needs to hear about Jesus and you may be the one to tell them. Go Tell!