“They Were Cut to the Heart”
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”.
— Acts 2:37-38
So much can be said about this passage, but one of the things that stuck out to me is the fact that Peter did not tell his listeners how to receive the grace of God until they were cut to the heart. I am reminded of another person in the bible in Mark 10 who asked Jesus about the way of salvation prematurely (before his heart was convicted of sin). When Jesus told the rich young man the cost of following him, he walked away sad (and consequently unsaved). These two instances teach us that though not everyone will receive the grace of God, we must still show people their need for the grace of God when presenting the gospel.
When sharing the gospel with an unbeliever, make an effort to show their need for a savior before sharing how to receive the savior. Don’t be quick to try and administer the cure of salvation without diagnosing the disease of their sin. Though it is offensive and not easy to talk about, it is necessary to explain the justice and wrath of God in order for the grace of God to be understood.
Heavenly Father, anoint my lips to proclaim your gospel with clarity. When I speak with unbelievers, help my words cut them to the heart so they will ask “what shall I do”. Help me show people their need for your grace so that you can fill them with your grace abundantly. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!