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Q:

Why is it so hard for me to talk to those in own my family about my faith? Jesus is very important to me, but I just can't seem to say anything to them about Him. Do others have this problem, in your experience?


A:

Yes, unfortunately this is a common problem, although it shouldn’t be. After all, if we truly love those in our family we should want what’s best for them — and what could be better than for them to learn that God loves them and Christ died for them? Paul’s young friend Timothy apparently came to faith because of the witness of his grandmother and mother (see 2 Timothy 1:5).

Why are we embarrassed to talk about our faith to those who are closest to us? One reason may be because we’re afraid they’ll reject it — and therefore they’ll reject us. It’s easier (we reason) just to keep quiet, and hope they’ll see that our lives are different because of Jesus. But why should we worry about their reaction? If we’ve prayed for them and trusted God to guide us, we can leave the results in His hands.

But sometimes we’re afraid to talk to those who are closest to us because we know we aren’t very good examples of what it means to be a Christian. We get irritable or impatient or moody or angry, although we know we shouldn’t be that way — not if we’re following Jesus. We have forgotten Jesus’ words: “If you love me, keep my commands” (John 14:15).

Pray for your family, that they may realize their need of Christ. Pray for yourself also, that God will help you be a witness to them of His love and grace — both by the way you live and the words you speak.

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3 Comments

  1. Darleen Campbell says:

    2 months before my dear oldest brother died @ age 70, he was staying w/me for a visit. No one knew he would die in 2 months.(blood cancer) It was the most special visit we ever had. Out @ b’fast one morning, he asked me about my faith. It came as a shock: he’s been macrobiotic w/Asian influences, truly a gifted artist, accomplished & traveled, and intellectual/genius IQ. I said I did not share because he always ridiculed me. His eyes locked w/mine & he said “I will not ridicule you.” This was 9/2011. I cannot even remember what I said to him; but I trust that God gave me what was needed.

  2. Laura says:

    My family is aware of my faith in Jesus Christ. I came forward and declared my faith many years ago at a Billy Graham Crusade . They have said if is there is a God he is mean. I has taken many years and finally they accept that I am a Christian but that Christianity is not for them. I guess that I thought that somehow my life would become easier when I accepted Christ into my life. Both my children have serious health issues and now one of them is terminally ill. I do not know how much time she has left here on this earth. Please pray for us..

  3. Suzanne says:

    When trying to talk to those close to me about Christ I have found that the best thing for me to do is to write to them and speak to them on the phone about faith in Christ, by doing it this way I get my message to them and there’s not any problems. Jesus said: “I will not forsake you, I will not fail you and I will not leave you.”