“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”
“With” – in company with. When asked about your hope, you answer in company with the two attitudes of “meekness” and “fear.”
“Meekness” is in-wrought grace.
God wants us to witness with the attitude of in-wrought grace.
If I have received grace from God, I should communicate with grace to others. Meekness has to do with treating others with a grace attitude. A grace attitude is that everything that I have I have from God.
Christians should not look down their self-righteous noses at non-Christians. Christians are sinful as well. We should not view ourselves as experientially better than non-Christians but only recipients of God’s grace. We need to extend the same grace to them that God does toward us.
We are no better than those without Christ. We need to remember what we were. We give our testimony in the spirit of what we were. We share with them our personal struggle. We put ourselves in their place.
We cannot win people with arrogance. An overbearing attitude may win an argument, but it will not persuade non-Christians of the reality of Christianity. A grace attitude will disarm those we wish to influence for Christ.
Do you witness with the attitude that people must be a fool if they do not accept Christ? Do you try to ram your belief down their throats? Is your approach to evangelism a bludgeoning method? The case for Christianity must come by the attitude of “meekness.”