In order to reach out to your friends and share the truth, you will need to:
First, care for your friends. “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24).
Second, be a good example. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). A good life can speak better than a thousand sermons.
Third, love and help your friends. “A friend loveth at all times” (Proverbs 17:17).
Fourth, forgive their faults. “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).
Fifth, give testimony of what the Lord has done in your life. “Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee” (Mark 5:19).
Then, as the way has been prepared for God’s word to take root in the hearts, you can go on to the sixth point which is to share the truth and be ready to answer their questions. “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” (Colossians 4:6).
Finally, the seventh thing to do is to pray for your friends. “…pray one for another… The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).
You will find that these simple steps will open the way for the Holy Spirit to work in their lives (John 16:13). Be patient and don’t be discouraged if you don’t see good results right away. The Lord promised, “So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
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