We are to be prepared to give and answer for our hope. As important as the answer is it is how we give the answer, with gentleness and respect, that gives the answer credibility. As Paul says in Ephesians 4:15 we speak the truth in love. If all we speak is truth then we are condemning. If all we speak is love then we are being a sentimentalist. When we have the balance of truth and love then we are sharing and others will listen.