HE WILL WIN OUT
'Who made God then?' 'If God exists why is there so much suffering in the world?' 'Christians are mostly hypocrites.' 'Religion is outdated and causes wars.' 'Christianity is a crutch for weak people.' 'How can you know what's really true?'
Have you ever had questions and statements like these flung at you, leaving you unsure how to respond? Maybe you've become discouraged and been tempted to stop sharing your faith. Maybe you've even given up praying because of it. It happens to lots of Christians and it can be very demoralising.
In Galatians 1:13 (NLT) Paul writes; 'I violently persecuted God's church. I did my best to destroy it.' Paul had no thoughts of becoming a Christian. His intent was to destabilise the Church, and he never dreamt that one day he'd switch sides. But when God has a plan, He will do whatever it takes to fulfil it. So when Paul held the coats of Stephen's executioners, even then God was hatching a plan to make him one of the most remarkable Christians of all time.
Just like Paul, He has plans for your friends with all their objections, tricky questions, or questionable lifestyle choices. Tougher nuts have been cracked! God's grace will win out, so hold in there, and don't lose hope!
So what now? Try to love as God loves. He sees your imperfections and your doubts and loves you regardless. That should help you not to give up on someone just because they haven't 'got it' yet.
Soulfood : Mt 5:5, Num 12:1-15, Ps 37:1-11, Phil 2:5-11