A Generation After God
10/25/14 at 10:43 PM 0 Comments

When Your Friends Aren't Saved

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Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. But remember that they will have to face God, who will judge everyone, both the living and the dead. That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead —so although they were destined to die like all people, they now live forever with God in the Spirit. (1 Peter 4:4-6 NLT)

Coming to Christ 100% and devoting yourself to following Him with all your heart, soul and mind may cause your former friends to give you a side eye. Three things have happened:

1. You stopped doing what they do.

2. You stopped talking how they talk.

3. You stopped living how they live.

And so they may slander you- "you act like you're better", they bring up the old you and possibly use it against you seeing it has hypocritical. They assume you're judgemental for calling sin sin and deciding not to participate in it with them anymore.

The faith calls for us to live and speak for things commonly contrary to what some of our friends may think or believe simply because The Bible is not their foundation. We have an emotional society. We're led by feelings and not by truth. We do what feels right but not what is right. We're living in a generation of moral decay because the new gospel is the gospel of adjustment; trading the truth for our sinful desires. But we will never have peace of mind until we're at peace with God. And chances are, the bolder you become in your faith the more they will shy away.

Listen, never let that stop you from following the truth you know and don’t forget your first love. When you find the truth you cling to it and you fight for it because all of eternity hangs on that truth. And if you develop enemies along the way, don’t be surprised either because it comes with standing for what you believe in. Even if everyone in the whole world rejects you, Christ completely accepts you. You'll find that as time goes on people may walk out of your life, but thats not the end of your story. Thats just the end of their part in your story.

Yet don't despise them in fact love them even more. Tell them why you've changed! Give them your testimony and share Christ. Because one day they also will face God and be judged. Much of the reason Christ has not yet returned is so that in time more would be saved! (2 Peter 3:9) You may be the only person they really hear and get an understanding of the gospel from. So let your life be a witness to the power and truth of this life changing gospel. Dont hide it.

Pray, pray, pray that God would bring like minded believers into your life. I’ve heard countless stories (including my own testimony) of God placing the right people into their lives. He wants to fulfill these desires. And at the same time position yourself in the proper places to be open to the friends you need. Sign up for a small group at your church, volunteer in an area of interest, join a Bible club at your school, etc. You want people who challenge, encourage and support you in your God-purposed journey; not people who drag you down, bring you drama or make you feel uncomfortable about who you are. Know that you're not alone. Know that you have a global family of believers. And know that what you may be facing with your former friends is nothing uncommon.

Dont be afraid to comment below! I’d love to hear back from you.

-Brittney Moses

"Brittney Moses is a young happily married wife of Jonnese Moses and mother to Austin who’s passionate about seeing this generation live on purpose. In June 2012 the Los Angeles native founded a worldwide organization called Unashamed Impact encouraging young leaders to rise to their calling and be proactive in their cities through leadership development and community outreach."

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