For almost a decade, I’ve been working out six days a week at the gym with Ravi Zacharias.
OK, Ravi hasn’t actually been there with me in person. Truth be told, I only met him once in the flesh at an event in Chicago many years ago.
But as I grind through my workouts, his voice has been my constant training partner via my iPod. Over the years, I’ve learned so much from him through his messages as well as his books. However, there’s one thing that has risen above everything else (at least for me) when it comes to all the instruction I’ve received from him.
Making his enemies be at peace with him
It could certainly be the way his keen intellect is able to tie philosophy and religion together in a way that personifies what Francis Schaeffer said, which is that good philosophy and good religion always arrive at the same destination.
It could easily be courage in the face of opposition given that Ravi has traveled constantly to locations that are either downright dangerous or extremely antagonistic to the Christian faith such as the many secular university settings where he’s spoken.
Given that Ravi has serious back problems and has steel rods surgically placed into his back, I could talk about his perseverance under extreme adversity as he traveled constantly to meet in person with non-Christians.
However, for me, the most important thing I’ve learned from Ravi over the years of reading and listening to him is: how to speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). Believe me, in today’s world, this is much more easily said than done.
I must have heard Ravi say a thousand times, there’s no use cutting off a person’s nose and then giving them a rose to smell. Sadly, the snark levels of our culture have reached such an all-time high that we see much more nose-snipping than rose-giving.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Robin Schumacher