- As eager as we might be to lead them to believe in Jesus, we need to be patient. They might not be ready at the beginning of a friendship to let us share our faith in the Lord. No one likes to be pushed into something. No one likes to be "sold" something that is of no real interest to them. So, we must feel our way along, so to speak, to determine when the time is right to bring up the subject. The Lord can guide us along the way.
- We need to be their friend, even if they let us know they don't want to, as they might put it, "discuss religion." If we cut off our friendship because of their disinterest in the Lord, they will very likely be offended by it. And we then will lose the opportunity to influence them for the Lord. I have a friend named Joe who says he is not interested in what I have to say. But we visit briefly a few times a month. I don't push. I just keep in touch and say something about the Lord from time to time. Of course, if our new friend seeks to draw us into sinful behavior or the questioning of our faith, we must not let it happen. And that might require less involvement with them.
- We need to know how to introduce our faith into our friendship. There are some gentle ways to go about doing so:
If you need a Gospel tract to give someone whom you are trying to win to faith in Christ, I suggest you consider giving them the one called "God's Simple Plan Of Salvation," by Ford Porter. You could even read it together with someone you are trying win to the Lord, and then discuss it with them. To read it, click on the following link. If you like it, make as many copies as you need. Here is the link: http://www.godssimpleplan.org/gsps-english.html. It comes in several languages from the same source.