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Continue To Witness To Family

Should we continue to witness to close family who really do not want us to do so? Is it better to let Jesus shine though our lives rather than our mouths and pray that God will send maybe a stranger to whom they will listen instead?

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I saw this old question and note that I was the last one to comment on it. I think it's a question worth reviving.

Since that answer I now have changed 'tactics' slightly and now just mention God and Jesus when giving praise for the wonderful answers to prayer my family have seen and leave it there for the others (unbelievers in the family) to ponder. Sometimes less IS more.
---Rita_H on 7/20/14

I often wonder about what is asked in this question. Some of my children and my husband are Christians but my parents and siblings are not, nor are any other relatives in my own and my husband's families. Witnessing seems to bring resentment and avoidance by some. I believe that we now just have to live our lives as God would have us live and let His love be shown through our lives but not through our many words of witnessing.
---RitaH on 1/5/08

I heard a UK televangelist saying a couple of years ago that his family were not saved. He had witnessed to them and prayed for them for years and they did not wish to know. He had come to the conclusion that it was not he whom God was going to allow to bring them to Christ and therefore He must have someone else lined up for the job. This preacher said that he had now taken a step back and was leaving God deal with them in His time. We must never give up praying for them though even when we step back.
---Xanthi on 12/2/07

Another good question. In a case of family members that you feel certain don't care for the name of Jesus, I try hard to use some self control, and if God has a word for me to them I speak, otherwise I don't. It's just hello and good by.
---catherine on 4/1/07

Some one said once i honstly do not remember who said it. we are (saved ppl) are the only bible people will see in there live. even that i don't believe on lifestyle evanglism. I do know we are the only bible ppl will see. it is sad but true.
---Lee5749 on 3/31/07

Preach the Gospel....use words when necessary!! It's not the words that speak to some people, but the lifestyle presented by the speaker. Too many people say one thing and live another so 'words' are ineffective. Keep living the 'Jesus' lifestyle and the Holy Spirit will witness to your family, not through some stranger, but through you. God bless ...
---David on 3/29/07

I think you could be turning them away from God, if you are forcing Him upon them. They need free-will to accept Him. Live your lives according to God. They will see your contentment, and want some, too. They know He exists because they have already been told - all they need to do now is open their hearts. They will do it on their own choosing.
---Heidi on 7/19/05

Bruce I'm not sure if I'm understanding you correctly. Are you saying that if (for example) any of my siblings or my children are unsaved I am to be in submission to them and that this could help them be saved? The verse you quote doesn't seem to be saying that to me. How do you interpret the word 'submission' in the context that you are using it here?
---F.F. on 7/18/05

Be yourself, when the opportunity comes to talk about God, talk about him. but don't hound them about it. Actions are louder than words.
---Rebecca_D on 7/17/05

The answer is in 1 Peter 3:1, "Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation (lifestyle) of the wives;"

This would apply to any of us, not just wives with unsaved husbands. (The living a christian lifestyle part, not the submission part.)
---Bruce5656 on 7/17/05

It is hard to love someone especially family and try to get quick results of your thoughts, words, and deeds with out prayer and devine intervention.
Do not get discouraged in your walk. Remember-you are a walking Bible to them. You have souwn the mustard seed of Christianity-Now the Holy Spirit must work.
---chuck on 7/17/05

in prayer your spiritual work is done. no pastor has a pulpit stand at the dinner table. love is your ministry, and they will be ministered to when they see the change in you.
---matthew on 7/17/05

Just pray for them.
---sue on 7/17/05

Share at every opportunity. "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." Proverbs 25:11.
---Eloy on 7/17/05

Go one better, bring them some strangers but don't indoctrinate the new ones as to what they walk into, let the Spirit of our God work as it so often does.

Pray for them, but continue in being as gentle as a dove, and as crafty as a serpant.

Our best testimoy is our steadfast walk with Jesus, how can your family be convinced that you trust in him when you continue to hammer away in your own strength at their objections.

Trust and obey
---Pharisee on 7/17/05

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