Never Give Up When Someone You Love Is Lost

Never Give UP

As much as you love your family members and friends and desire for them to know Jesus, remember that God loves them more and His will is that all should be saved (2 Peter 3:9).

View your personal relationships as your missions field. Be intentional, but avoid appearing judgmental. Guard against being “holier than thou.” Always let your words and deeds be spoken and done in love. Sometimes this is difficult because of age differences and generational cultural changes. However, God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever—a fact people often forget or choose to ignore.

People who are lost often mistake our good intentions and believe we think we are better than they are. Do whatever you can to dispel that notion. We are all sinners saved by grace, but we are still sinners. Do not call sins mistakes; call them what they are—sins against God, willful disobedience to His Word. Point out the consequences: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

Here are 10 things to help you witness effectively:

  1. Be a good example. “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).
  2. Praise their good qualities; make them feel loved and accepted for who they are, God’s creation. He proved His love by sending Jesus to die for them.
  3. Engage in personal and corporate prayer. Pray daily for the ones you love who are lost and in need of a Savior. Ask other Christians in your family and church to pray with you for their salvation.
  4. Respect them at all times, even when they seem to reject your outreach.
  5. Love them even when times are hard and problems seem insurmountable.
  6. Visit them and give small gifts when they are sick, and send notes or cards of remembrance for special days or events.
  7. Study the Word diligently. In 1 Peter 3:15–16, we are told to be prepared to explain the hope within us. If they ask questions you can’t answer, tell them you’ll find the answer in God’s Word. Test every question through the Bible.
  8. Share your testimony about how God has blessed you and guided you to a better life.
  9. Invite them to attend a Christian concert or movie with you. CDs and DVDs are effective witnessing tools.
  10. Persevere. Remember that God’s time is not the same as ours. Wait upon the Lord. “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isa. 40:31).

Recently I heard Anne Graham Lotz say, “When you think about that we have only two possible destinations, heaven or hell, it is easier to tell someone about Jesus.” Do not be afraid to witness to someone who is lost. Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us (Matt. 28:20), and He even promised to give us the words to speak when we need them (Matt. 10:19–20).

Never give up; God didn’t give up on you.

Ann Knowles lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. Just like you, she grieves for loved ones and friends who are lost, and she will never give up until they know the Savior.
 

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