Spiritual Acceptance

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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!

Witnessing.

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

13 comments on “Spiritual Acceptance

  1. Godsfruitful says:

    Yes, so important as Christians how we approach people. I will add him to my prayers and we do trust that doesn’t want anyone to perish. He will use other’s to reach out just as you’ve done. Well done good and faith servant!

  2. Rick, l love your approach. It just makes good sense to be a gentle witness. I’ve been faced with a similar situation, but my friend is a family member.

    • Michelle, thank you for being here with us! We can pray as a community here for your family member and for all of those spiritually seeking and hurting. We can all pray communally to reach those who have been driven away from faith and ask God to guide our words and steps as we walk with them. One gentle step at a time. There is awemazing power in God’s Holy Spirit to touch hearts and change lives…I believe we are called to be messengers of God’s love and grace.

  3. What we Christians must remember is that fear is not of God, so why would we use that approach in our witnessing. Love, joy, peace, gentleness, and kindness are the fruits the Holy Spirit will use to draw people into faith in God that endures. Not fear of where one will spend eternity. This is an important topic and I’m glad you addressed it. That type of “witnessing” only causes resentment and isolation. Help us, Lord, to represent your Gospel as You would.

    • I love your phrase, “the fruits of the Holy Spirit” and how God can guide us to be a gentle witness. God’s Holy Spirit is present in this moment and we can never know when we will be guided and who God wants us to meet. You last sentence is a wonderful prayer for us each day: “Help us, Lord, to represent your Gospel as You would.” Thank you for being here with us!

  4. Judy L Perez says:

    Amen! Amen! The “burn in hell” people are some of the ones who put God in a box!!

    He is strong! He is mighty! He is able!!

  5. dtwrites77 says:

    I have a family member like that, too. Good guy, raised Catholic, not a believer. It is easy to point out the problems of faith, and the failings of we who profess faith, much harder to take the overall view that we all fall short. Your approach echoes Jesus, he never forced anyone, it is a matter of choice, and by our words and actions we hope to show the way. Bravo, Rick

    • When I walked away from God and faith, it was so easy to develop my “standard” talking points about what was wrong with the church. Actually, some of those things are still true. However, thanks to a loving God, what matters is my personal relationship with Jesus. What matters is that I share my walk of faith and accept people where they are and talk with them or reach them here. I try to listen more than talk or write. After that, God’s Holy Spirit may touch their heart or they may meet and talk with another gentle witness. Only God knows and that is the awemazing mystery of faith. Thank you.

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