Good day/evening to everyone here. Blessings to everyone! I just would like to share this here. In our walk with Christ, we know that tribulations will come overwhelmingly. In my wonderful walk with Jesus, I have received many a judgment; sadly some of them came from people I care about. A good example is my brother. There was a time just a month ago when he reminded me of my past; hearing him say those words made me flinch. Yes, I only budged a little for I anticpated that kind of judgment when I accepted Christ. I knew that upon receiving Christ, the world will start to hate me. But Christ said to love our enemies, bless those who curse us, and do good to those who mistreat us. So my reply to my brother was an honest 'I know...' and then silence (I was praying in my head).
Now just recently, another form of judgment came from a rather close colleague/friend. I came by his work area just to say hi. Then he showed me pictures of their get together (with my other coworkers). I didn't join them that day, so I got that usual friendly joke, "Wish you were there!". But the thing that got to me was when he showed me pictures of the lounge bar girls (they aren't the 'adult' type bar girls, they're your regular floor servers). That said, they still sported sexy outfits, but once again, not really provocative. When he showed me those pictures, he said, "Are these not allowed in your religion?" Then I told him, "No, and my faith is not a religion." After I told him that I had to go somewhere, so I left.
When I was walking back to my office, I really thought about what he said. No, actually, I thought of what I said, and how short it was. So I sent him a message and told him about Jesus. Right then and there I told him who Christ is, the goodness of His grace, and just how much He means to me. When he told me that 'religion' thing, I knew I had to stand up for my Savior; for Jesus. I felt I couldn't just stand idly by and let Him have the wrong impression of Christ (because it seemed as though he thought I became dull and unadventurous when I gave my life to Christ, having missed their get-togethers quite a few times.)
Like I said, I showed him through my private messages who Christ is. Who He really is - to me and to all believers. I also told him that if I gave that kind of 'dull/unadventurous' impression, let all the blame be put on me and not to Christ. I made those decisions not to join them in some of their fun getaways (all of them clean in nature, and not carnal, by the way) because I had wisdom from God to just stay at home, and use my time for more pressing matters. After that, I told him that living in and for Christ will enable you to let go of yourself and not be ashamed of the freedom He gives. I told him my errors of my past and that knowing Christ can truly give great peace, the kind of peace only he can provide (John 14:27). I then invited him to our church. He said he will 'try', and I was overjoyed.
Sorry if my message was too long, but to cut things short: I didn't care if I looked laughable to him witnessing Christ; I didn't care if he/they judge me. All I cared about and will always care about is my love for Christ, and how I will lay my life for Him no matter what. Take note: I will fight through the exhibition of my faith through witnessing, and not violence!