'Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block...in your brother's way.' Romans 14:13 NIV
Every not–yet–a–Christian person you speak to has a reason why they’re not ready to get to know Jesus. Sometimes, that reason will be a big hurt, not a lack of knowledge about faith. It may be something they feel they can’t help but hold against the Church, or against God Himself—maybe a nasty experience of ‘religion’, or a life experience they blame God for. That’s tricky, and can be a deeply sad situation. It can also be a perfect chance to show the true meaning and heart of Christianity—the love of Jesus. If you’ve met someone like this (or been in this position) before, you’ll know it can’t be fixed over a single cup of coffee. It needs to be a slow, gentle process that’s really all about showing love. That might look like a listening ear, an apology, or even a difficult conversation where you admit you don’t know all the answers.
Easy? No. But, through patience and prayer, God can do some serious work. Keep close to Him, keep open and honest with the hurting person and, slowly, they’ll begin to see God for themselves; not just through you. Don’t think this is relevant to you? One day you’re sure to meet someone in need of this kind of restoration. So, get thinking. And praying. Is there someone who you know has a block sitting between them and getting to know God? Pray that God will begin to show you the right way to help them take the block down.
SoulFood: Num 8-10, Luke 6:37-49, Ps 107:10-16, Prov 3:19-20
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