Wear Your Faith on Your Sleeve.
You don’t have to sit down with your close friend or loved one and have a forced conversation about Jesus. Sometimes, taking a less intense approach can be more impactful. Wearing your faith on your sleeve and letting the joy of Christ radiate off of you can make all the difference.
In this way, your friend or loved one will see how positively your faith is affecting your life. Seeing you living such a happy and peaceful life will inspire them to naturally want to know more about it and open up exciting opportunities for conversations about faith.
The Bible even speaks to this. Matthew 5:16 reads
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. " — Matthew 5:16
Be a Good Listener
Sometimes, we are so eager to share our faith and everything that Jesus has done in our lives that we can forget how important it is to listen as well. Conversations and relationships are a two-way street! For them to be truly impactful, we have to listen just as much, if not more, than we talk. The Bible warns us about the tendency to over-speak and under-listen. Proverbs 18:13 says,
"To answer before listening—that is folly and shame.” — Proverbs 18:13
When we don’t give the other person the opportunity to voice their thoughts, feelings, and questions, they don’t feel cared for or invested in. Those feelings will quickly turn off their ears to anything we have to say.