Bold as love

Paul lived there…proclaiming  the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance. Act. 28:31

The bold message of the transforming salvation of Christ is unconditional love, unearned forgiveness, and unlimited grace. Both Jesus and Paul were criticized for being bold enough to associate with and include those who had already been judged and disenfranchised by the Jewish religious establishment. Somewhere along the line Christians have come to equate “boldness” with calling people out on their sinfulness, preaching hell-fire and brimstone, and demanding moral compliance, but that seems a lot more like Pharisee boldness than Paul and Jesus boldness.

Lord, help my words and practices be as bold as Your loving, gracious gospel.