Good morning Dearheart!
Knowing the ways of the Holy Spirit is a highly one-on-one adventure. Your job and my job is not to cram change down the throat of another. It is to simply lead. Father God will do the rest. We want to jump in and do the work on our loved one for Him and that always dirties up His progress. Getting out of the way can be so stinkin’ hard, right?!
Sit down while you read this truth Friend: your job is not to save the soul of another and guilt them in to the straight and narrow. Your job is to obey the Holy Spirit.
When God called Philip, Phil didn’t go off on a tangent preaching hellfire and damnation. He didn’t lay on guilt trips of shame and self loathing. Didn’t say, ‘your hair is too long, your belly is too fat, you gamble too much, your too ordinary.’ He knew God would deal with them in their hurt places, so he simply said to the others, “Come and see.”
I just love that.
‘Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law (and so did the prophets ): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!” “Can anything good come out of Nazareth? ” Nathanael asked him. “Come and see,” Philip answered’. (John 1:44-46 HCSB)