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God to help you see each person He sends your way as He sees them.

Arguing Some argumentative types argue because they are skeptical and unbelieving and just want to try to cause you trouble and waste your time. But not everyone who seems argumentative at first falls into that category. Some sincere seekers will argue with you because they really want the answers; they want to be convinced. How do you tell the difference? First of all, shoot up a silent prayer, asking the Lord to help you discern the person’s motives. Then shoot up another prayer for patience if the Lord shows you to give the person the benefit of the doubt. You’ve usually got to win people to yourself before they are going to listen to and believe what you’ve got to say about Jesus and the Bible and get saved, so try to find and stick to points you can agree on. If after spending a few minutes trying to relate to them and answer their questions they clearly don’t want to listen to God’s answers from the Bible, just tell them politely that you have no other answers to give them, and leave it at that. Look at how Jesus answered the questions He was asked: Some came from people who sincerely wanted to know the truth, like Nicodemus1 and the Samaritan woman who He met at the well.2 These He answered sweetly and patiently. Other questions came from His enemies, who were trying to trap Him in His words. When Jesus perceived that 1 2

John 3:1–21 John 4:5–29

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One Heart at a Time  

A Get Activated! Book A Handbook for Changing the World Copyright © 2001, Aurora Production AG, Switzerland All Rights Reserved. Printed in...

One Heart at a Time  

A Get Activated! Book A Handbook for Changing the World Copyright © 2001, Aurora Production AG, Switzerland All Rights Reserved. Printed in...

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