Proverbs 18 4-18-19

Reaching family is hard. For some reason, they will not accept testimony from family. KEEP PRAYING!

19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

When family members are offended by us when we live our lives according to the Gospel, we really don’t have much choice but to pray for them. It does mean that we are on display concerning Christ. They will be watching closely, and often they are hostile.

What do we do when this happens? We run to Jesus!

10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

It helps to realize that Jesus had the same problem. His brothers didn’t believe Him (see John 7:4-5). It became such an issue that Jesus told His mother to live with John, who was Mary’s nephew (Jesus’ cousin). We can only assume that there was much strife because Mary chose to believe her eldest Son. If they had witnessed the events leading up to the birth of Jesus-and raising Him, I’ll bet- they would have believed, too.

So, what WILL change a relative’s mind and heart? AN ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS.

Then he appeared to James [His brother], then to all the apostles. 1 Corinthians 15:7

Jude also believed, maybe on the testimony of James. We have their letters in our bibles: the books of James and Jude. Here’s what Jude thinks of Jesus:

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 24-25

Let’s pray that God will speak to them through the circumstances of life and that He will bring someone into their lives to lead them to the Truth. How long it takes doesn’t matter; only THAT it takes. PRAY!

Also, we must live our lives to show Him working in us. We are to display-even to radiate-His love, joy, peace, hope, faith and grace. THESE are very attractive traits to unbelievers.

Let’s be Christ to those around us, especially our family.

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