"Bud!" exclaimed Dad when he got home from work. "How did you get that swollen lip and black eye? Have you been in a fight?"
"We-e-l-l, yeah," admitted Bud.
Dad frowned. "What in the world happened?" he asked.
"Tyler started it," said Bud quickly, "and besides, the Bible tells us to fight. I know there are verses about putting on armor, and I read one the other day about fighting a good fight of faith. This was a real good one!"
Dad sighed. "You know those Bible verses aren't referring to fistfights. They're talking about things like defending your faith--about boldly witnessing for Jesus."
"That's what I was doing!" said Bud. "See . . . Tyler heard me say I'm a Christian. He told me--right in front of all the kids--that Christians are sissies. I told him that's a lie and to take a swing at me if he dared. The next thing I knew, he hit me! But I won, Dad. Tyler's got two black eyes and a bloody nose!" Bud grinned. "I sat on his back and twisted his arm and made him apologize for saying Christians are sissies. Then I asked him if he wanted to be a Christian, too, and I twisted his arm some more till he said he did."
"Oh-h-h," moaned Dad. "Why did you do that, Bud? I'm sure you know better!"
"Well, I was fighting for Jesus," insisted Bud. "Like I said--I even got Tyler to say he wanted to be a Christian."
"You know very well that a person has to decide of his own free will that he wants to be saved," Dad said sternly. "You can never force anyone to be a Christian. God's Word says, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit.' The Spirit of Jesus is meekness, love, and kindness. Christians are to be like Him."
"But, Dad! Tyler was making fun of me--and of all Christians," protested Bud.
"Lots of people made fun of Jesus, too," Dad replied, "but He didn't punch those who laughed at Him or even argue with them. Instead, He died for them--and for us. Is it asking so much that we take a little teasing for Him?"
"N-no," murmured Bud. "I . . . I get it. I'll apologize."
"That's a good idea," said Dad. "Apologize and be a friend to Tyler. Then maybe you really can win him to the Lord."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you fighting battles for Jesus with the right weapons? Today’s Scripture describes what you need to use as you stand up for Jesus. It does not mention using fists or even arguments as weapons. Instead, it mentions truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, the Word of God, and prayer. Use those things to win others—even your enemies—to Jesus.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Zechariah 4:6 (KJV)
“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord.