25 OCT

2017

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

Respectful evangelism

‘No one can come to Me unless the Father…draws him.’ John 6:44 NKJV

It’s tough when those closest to us don’t believe what we believe. We can feel so passionate about our faith and want others to experience Jesus too. But however much we want them to share our beliefs, we’ve got to accept each other’s differences and unique perspectives. Sometimes our relationships with friends and family can end up falling apart because we try to force our opinions on the people we love. It may take someone hearing about Jesus, or seeing His love demonstrated to them, ten times (maybe more, maybe less) before they believe. If we’re person ten in the chain then we get the privilege of seeing that person’s life transformed. But we’re just as important if we’re person two or four or seven. We may never see that person come to faith ourselves, but we’ve played an important part in their journey. Whichever person in the chain we are, we need to be careful that we’re not forcing our views on other people. Instead we need to be showing them through our actions, and through our love, that the best life’s a life with God involved. It’s all so much harder when people aren’t prepared to listen and respect our beliefs. But we need to remember that Jesus didn’t condemn the people who crucified Him; He prayed, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do’ (Luke 23:34 NKJV). He didn’t see them as morally bad, but spiritually blind. He told His disciples, ‘No one can come to Me unless the Father…draws him’ (John 6:44 NKJV). So instead of forcing our beliefs on others, let’s pray that God would draw them towards Him and let’s show them His love through our words and actions.

What Now?
Is there a friend or family member who doesn’t agree with your faith? Pray for opportunities to show them God’s love today.

Jer 46-47, Titus 3

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