19th February 2015
‘Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.’ Romans 12:16
That’s the message we are to tell the world, but we limit ourselves in how we can share the Good News if our only friends are other believers. Jesus, on the other hand, understood His mission was to seek the lost, and so He became friends with those who needed to become friends with God.
When Jesus was talking to the woman at the well (John 4:4-26) He searched for common ground rather than condemning her. As a results, she not only made peace with God, she also brought her friends and family into the presence of Jesus. We see from this example that our friendship with non-believers requires that we understand the difference between loving them and loving their ways.
Question to consider
Do you have any meaningful friendships with non-believers?
Pray for the Alpha team as they make friends with people seeking Jesus.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.