On Thursday, I had the pleasure of speaking with a friend whom I haven’t seen in at least a year or two. He and his family moved to a distant state but I remember our conversations when he was here.
He knows where I am on my walk of faith. He knows I believe in God and acccept Jesus as my Saviour.
He does not believe in God. He shared his very personal reasons during some of our talks. I understand and so appreciate him letting me know what happened.
We are friends. He knows I pray for him and his family. He has read my books. I respect where he is on his walk. He thanks me for my prayers.
I have talked with people, who during such honest conversations, have been told they were going to burn in hell and face eternal damnation. Imagine that conversation and the emotions of that person after honestly sharing their heart!
Takes on many forms.
As a gentle witness, I don’t believe we can scare anyone to draw near God and accept Jesus. I know people who will not get near a church becuase of that witnessing approach. It takes place every day. I fear we are driving away those spirtitually seeking and hurting souls.
Back to my friend and his walk. I believe God is all-powerful. I believe God’s Holy Spirit is with us all the time. How can I possibly know or imagine when God’s Holy Spirit will touch his heart or the heart of someone in his family? I simply believe it is possible. I believe in the hope of God’s promise. That is my prayer for him and his family.
I don’t believe in driving people further from faith with fear.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
– Ephesians 2: 10