Wednesday, August 9, 2017
What Do We Say?
Should we do anything when we see somebody saying something demeaning on Facebook - kipping someone apart publicly for example. That's not on the list of "Best ways to win friends and influence people."
And what do we do when we see someone who professes a faith in Christ acting contrary to God's beliefs. What should be do then? Should we say nothing? Should do anything at all?
Well, it never hurts to pray. Praying is the first and best thing we can do for our friends and relatives in need.
Let's say someone in our family doesn't know Jesus. How do we talk to them about Him? How do we approach the topic? Or what if someone is caught in sin and refuses to repent? What do we do? Anything?
After we're done praying, before we do anything at all, we should take a good long look at ourselves. Where are WE sinning? What are WE doing that might warrant someone else talking to US?
I saw a Facebook post recently by a young friend of mine who asked an interesting question - very similar to what I am asking today.
"Is it better to lose a friend for being honest, or to hide something and keep your friend?"
What would you do? What would JESUS do? Well . . . the woman at The Well found out.
"16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” - John 4:16-18
Jesus just caught her in sin - having sex outside of marriage.
I think we have a certain biblical responsibility if see another Christian sinning. See Matthew 7:3-5
"first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."
But as for the non-believer, all we can do is pray. We are not to judge them. We are to leave that up to Jesus. However, we CAN confront them in an evangelical effort.
I guess what I am trying to say is PRAY first in all situations. Speak lovingly to a brother or sister if, after careful examination, if feel they are sinning. Love the unbeliever by asking them questions, just as Jesus did with The Woman At The Well.
Remember, they will know we are Christians . . . by our LOVE. Let us love one another as Christ loved us when WE first came to believe.
By Our Love - For King and Country
Walking The Path - Morpheus, The Matrix