Helping Hurting Friends

Author: Alexis Wohler — Host: Emily TenterPosted on: February 12, 2021

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Helping Hurting Friends

Have you ever wanted to share the good news of Jesus Christ with one of your friends who is hurting? What stops you from doing it? It’s okay to be nervous to share the gospel with someone. But you don’t have to let fear stop you. Jesus is always with you (Matthew 28:19-20). Even though you might be nervous, remember, you have the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within you (1 Corinthians 3:16). You are never alone. Even if you aren’t sure how to approach your friend, God will give you the right words at the right time (Luke 12:12). Talk to Him about any upcoming gospel conversations: “Lord, You know my friend is hurting. I want to share Your good news with them. You are the One who can give me the words to say and tell me when and how to say them. Help both of us to be calm and ready to talk and listen during the conversation. Please help my friend understand the gospel. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” In the midst of the hurt your friend is facing, you can be there for them, showing them the same love Jesus shows you (1 John 4:19). When the right time comes, you can share Jesus’ good news with them. Be ready to listen to their thoughts, questions, and concerns. Depending on the conversation, you could share some of your favorite Bible verses with them and how the promises in them give you hope because of Jesus. You can also offer to pray for and with them. No matter how long it takes to start or have the conversation—and no matter how it goes—know God will be with you every step of the way. • Alexis Wohler • Have you ever shared Jesus’ good news with a friend who was hurting? What was the experience like for you? How did your friend respond? • What questions do you have about sharing the gospel with your friends? Who are trusted Christians— such as pastors, parents, counselors, or teachers—you could bring those questions to? Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)


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Galatians 4:4-10