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Friendships

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Friendships

  1. 1. By: Mario Rodriguez
  2. 2.  1. GOD UP 2. GOD IN 3. GOD OUT GOD UP means your relationship with God ex. Reading your Bible, Praying, going to church and learning about him.
  3. 3.  GOD IN This means spending time with other Christians.
  4. 4.  GOD OUT This means spending time with nonbelievers and reaching out to them, so they can come to know Christ. A Christian can only succeed in this if his GOD UP is very strong, and if his GOD IN is well balanced with his GOD OUT
  5. 5.  Then why do we Christians seem to abandon or discriminate nonbelievers who maybe once were our friends. We shouldn´t because we are supposed to reach out to nonbelievers so they can come to know Christ.
  6. 6.  Now this is a question that I have been asked. If a Christian asks a nonbeliever to go to church with him, and the nonbeliever goes. Then the nonbeliever asks that Christian to go to a party or something like that with him, why does the Christian refuse to go and seem to discriminate the nonbeliever for that.
  7. 7.  Well we as Christians are not obligated to go to the party, but why can´t we go just to be a testimony to others. We can be a light there, and if the others are getting drunk or doing other bad things we can abstain from that and show others that Christ lives in us.
  8. 8.  For even Jesus did that in Luke 5:29-32 29Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" 31Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
  9. 9.  Levi was a tax collector and tax collectors back then were seen as very bad persons. You can see in these verses that even the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, who were persons that knew God´s word and laws very well, discriminated nonbelievers, but Jesus didn´t. Jesus wasn´t doing anything wrong. He was just spending time with nonbelievers and being a light to them and preaching to them. There is nothing wrong in doing this.
  10. 10.  This is a message for us Christians including me for all of us have done this. We as Christians have to change we have to try to make nonbelievers come to know Christ and we have to stop discriminating or judging them.  For in Mathew 7:2 it says For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
  11. 11.  My intension is not to offend anyone but to show you were we as Christians are failing.  For it is written in Proverbs 9:8-9 8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. 9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

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