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I'm a Christian and I have a friend who is of a different religion.  Is it a good idea to talk about Christianity with her?


I'm glad to hear that you're concerned about the salvation of your friend, just as Paul had a burden for his fellow Jews: "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved."  (Romans 10:1)  Paul points out something very significant in this verse: prayer.  This is the most important action that you should take.

In 1 Timothy 2:1, the apostle says "Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men".  It's not only a good idea to pray for others: it's a commandment from the Word of God!

Not only do you need to pray for her salvation, but you also need to ask God to give you direction and wisdom on how you should handle this particular situation.  "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."  (Philippians 4:6-7)  We don't know your friend, but God does!  He knows exactly what you should say and when you should say it.  This is why you need to be "swift to hear" Him and "slow to speak" to your friend (James 1:19).  Jesus said in John 14:10 "The words that I speak unto, I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works."  Imagine the impact you could have on your friend if the Lord was speaking through you!  This is what you need to pray for.

It's important to remember that God may not want you to say anything at all; Maybe the time isn't right; Perhaps the Lord has someone else He wants to use to reach your friend: only God knows what's best in every instance!  This is why it's so important that you're dependant upon Him guidance.   If you say the wrong things, your friend may become offended and resistant to Christianity.  Just remember that you are the Lord's representative (Colossians 3:17 & 2 Corinthians 5:20) and He has promised to instruct and guide you (Isaiah 58:11 & Psalm 32:8).

I've learned in my Christian experience that actions do indeed speak louder than words.  Many times, the way we act around others influences them more than what we say.  Jesus said "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)

I recommend that you read 1 Peter chapter 2.  Here's one of the key verses: "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light".  (verse 9).  God is calling us to live a holy life and what an example this sets for our non-Christian friends!  Also, when people see the joy and happiness that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ, they're going to want to know how they can obtain it for themselves.  Peter points out that our own story is extremely valuable.  Sharing your testimony and telling others how Jesus has changed and is changing you is one of the best conversations that you can have and no one can deny what God has done in your own personal life!

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