Family & Friends
When we are first saved or when we first come to Christ we usually have a fire in us. The fire or the drive that makes you want to go and tell everyone about Jesus. I don't know about you but that fire or that desire I feel is still in me. I feel like I want to let everyone know the "Good News" that Jesus can save them from this world. That he can heal them and break the bondage this world places on them. Whether that be an addiction, lust, fornication, homosexuality, pride, etc. Jesus can break any bondage any chain and there is power in His name. As we start telling people about Jesus there will be a some that will accept him and there will also be some that won't. When people don't accept Jesus it can feel discouraging and even more discouraging when those people are your family or friends.
The most important thing is to tell them in love.There is a right and a wrong way of spreading the Good news. If you are telling people and you don't have love in your heart for the people it will fall on deaf ears, for example, if you are yelling at people saying something like "YOU ARE GOING TO HELL UNLESS YOU COME TO JESUS" that isn't really a loving way to bring people to Jesus. I once heard a preacher say there is a lot of bullets in this bible but that doesn't mean you go shooting them at people. He was meaning that if you jab people with scriptures in the bible that isn't how you bring them to Jesus. I am also not saying don't quote scriptures, by all means, show them how much Jesus loves them. Now I am also not meaning that you sugar coat the gospel either, but you feed baby Christians or new Christians milk because if you try to force some meat down their throat they will choke.
Even if you are doing it out of love there is still going to be people who don't agree. I have lost a lot of family and friends. Jesus said if they hate us they hated him first. We need to realize that there are going to be times when we feel alone, but we aren't alone. God is always there and we can always call upon the Lord. There will be times when we lose "friends" when this happens continue to pray for them and continue to show them love, at times it can be very hard.
Jesus told us in Matthew:
“Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword. ‘I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Your enemies will be right in your own household!"
Matthew 10:34-36 NLT
We know in Ephesians that the Sword is truth also Hebrews 4:12 mentions the word of God being a two-edged sword, and we know that all God's words are the truth.
So even though we might go through things and lose friends and some family might not want to be around us anymore. God has a plan for us. Here is another example in scripture about Jesus's family.
"As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, and they want to speak to you.” Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”
Matthew 12:46-50 NLT
Jesus is saying that even if we lose our friends, or our family doesn't want to be around us because we started to change and become a Christian, that we have family in the faith. We have mothers, brothers, and sisters in the faith. That anyone who does the will of God is our family.
Like I said before though, we should continue to pray for them that they find Jesus, and know we have family, our church family.
God Bless you all and I hope you find this encouraging. Know that we are praying for you and I hope these verses bless you as much as they did me.