Friends and family feel threatened by my new faith
Enjoy this excerpt from Walking in God’s Grace…
Friends and family feel threatened by my new faith – How do I reassure them I care just as much for them?
When someone comes to Christ, a desire is created within to do all things to honor (recognize that God is God and we are not; also show our gratitude for His goodness, generosity and grace) God, to offer oneself as an instrument to God’s greatness, generosity, and goodness and to worship God.
Now the degree with which we do this and what that looks like will be different in each individual. Some may come right out of the doors totally committed and on fire for Christ, while for others, the changes and results of those changes may occur at a completely different and gradual pace over time.
Yet, there will be some change and, as a result, others are bound to notice and may react with things like: “You’re one of those religious nuts now, huh!” “That may be fine for you, but don’t bring it around me because I do not need it!” “Too good for us now, huh!” “What’s wrong with you, we have always hung out like this!”
What you hear may cause you hurt and bring you pain because it seems like friends are not wanting anything to do with you. You think you’re still the same person, but to others, you’re not. And they are right.
You do not want to abandon your friends. You have found a new and better way of life and want so much for your friends to “get it,” to see the same truth and come to Jesus…..cont.
Walking in God’s Grace: Practical Answers to Tough Questions
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