A teenager writes: “I recently put my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. I read my Bible daily and am trying to be a good witness. I try not to offend people, but I have lost some of my best friends. Can you help me?”
There is a modern philosophy, that says: “if you accept Christ as your Savior all problems will vanish.” Jesus did not teach this. In fact, he taught just the opposite. In John 15:20-21, Jesus taught his disciples: “Remember the word that I said to you, A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake because they do not know Him that sent Me.”
However, Jesus did teach that we ought to be kind and caring to those who disagree with us and depart from our friendship. Jesus said in Matthew 5:44: “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”
The Apostle Paul (writing by inspiration of God) added: “Repay no one evil for evil. … If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men … therefore If your enemy is hungry, feed him: If he is thirsty, give him a drink: For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head” (Romans 12:17-20).
Let me suggest that you be friendly and kind to all people and let people see by your good works that you have new life in Christ.
If you have a Bible question write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher, Grace Baptist Church 12721 75th St. North, Stillwater. MN, 55082. 651-430-3132 www.stillwaterbaptist.net