With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Acts 2:40
Most people have something that they are very passionate about. When they are around others who do not believe the same way, they will attempt to persuade them to the same way of thinking.
Often they will double down on the persuasion attempts when the other person is on a path that is seriously dangerous. Very few people want to see another person go down a path that will harm them. They will do what they can to get them to change their path.
After the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Peter told the people what was happening, because they did not understand it. Then Peter worked hard at persuading the people to be saved.
Every believer has come to a point in his life that he realizes he is on a path to death and needed to be saved. He has chosen to believe in Jesus.
While many believe this for themselves, many do not really believe it for others. They do not want to tell others about Jesus and the salvation He provides. They are afraid to offend others.
Those who do not tell others about Jesus, do not have the heart of God. They are not passionate about the things of God and refuse to warn others of the danger they are in.
Once a person has the heart of God, he will do all he can to warn others and get them to follow Jesus. It will become his passion, just as Jesus had. He will plead with the people and provide every reason he can for others to choose to follow Jesus. He will not be lukewarm, but hotly passionate about being a witness, not wanting to see others perish.
As a believer, you have seen the need for Jesus. Now you must see that others also need Jesus just as much as you did.
Do not allow yourself to be passive and quiet about helping them in their greatest need. Be passionate and willing to speak up and persuade them to be saved.
Not telling them about Jesus is hating them, not showing true love. This is opposite of what Jesus did and calls you to do.
Be passionate about Jesus and do all you can to point them to salvation in Jesus.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the heart of God; that you will be passionate about telling others about Jesus; that you will warn others of God’s coming judgement; and that you will be God’s witness.