Many Christians worry that some of their family and friends will never accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. What can you do?

A: One of the most encouraging promises in the Word of God is “believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household” (Acts 16:31 ). This was the message spoken by Paul and Silas to the Philippian jailer as he cried out, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” The passage describes how the man and his household did believe and were saved. You can pray in confidence for your loved ones, knowing that the Lord is more concerned for them than you are and that He is willing to save them through faith in Jesus; read 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9 and 1 John 5:14-15.

As you continue trusting God for the salvation of your loved ones, remember that you are in partnership with the Holy Spirit, and He is able to deal with them in ways you cannot. In the Old Testament, God says, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind: Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27). Don't give in to discouragement; instead, permit the life and love of our Lord Jesus Christ to be seen in you, for this in itself will be a tremendous testimony to members of your family and friends who are not believers in the Lord. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, NKJV). To review a simple presentation of the Gospel which you might share with others, see “Steps to Peace With God.”

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