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    Q&A – How Do I Help Someone in My Life Understand and Get Closer to God?

    Question:

    How do I help someone in my life understand and get closer to God? How can I help them understand what it means to be a Christian and why it’s important?

    Answer:

    A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35.

    This question is dear to my heart because I also have people that I am very close to in my life who don’t understand or have a close relationship with God. The best way we can help people understand and get closer to God is by living our lives the way God wants us to. Love others the way that God loves us, unconditionally for the most basic reason — because the living God also created them. If your own life isn’t perfect, if you don’t “have it all together”, don’t act like you do just because you’re close to God. People need to know that God loves ‘messed up’ people, too!

    If nonbelievers in your life ask you questions about God, answer them as best as you can. If you don’t know the answer, tell them you aren’t sure, but you’ll try to find out and get back to them. Then, ask a parent or pastor who would have an answer. Make sure you follow through. God is consistent, He never breaks His promises and neither should we.

    Don’t call them “sinners” and tell them that they are going to Hell. This just makes people feel bad. The best way to communicate eternity is to tell them that God loves them and wants all of His kids to be with Him, but He gives us the choice. It’s our decision if we want to spend our lives with God or without Him.

    Live a life that produces the Fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22-23

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

    Don’t preach at people. Don’t yell at them. Don’t make them feel bad. Be an example. Love them. Pray for them. Encourage them. Be patient with them. Tell them the truth in love. Be humble. Spend time with them. Love them when it’s hard. This is what Jesus did.

    Written by Jenn Arman

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

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