Q: My friend is the kindest and most thoughtful person I know, and yet she has no interest in God or religion. Frankly, she's better than most of the Christians I know. How do you account for this? -- Mrs. R.B.
A: I'm sorry your friend has no interest in God -- but I'm still thankful for her thoughtfulness and kindness. The world certainly would be a better place if there were more people like her! The Bible says, "A kindhearted woman gains honor" (Proverbs 11:16).
Although she doesn't realize it, her personality didn't happen by accident or chance; instead, in His grace and mercy God gave it to her. The same is true for every one of us; we're all different, and ultimately God shaped us and made us what we are. This doesn't mean God is to blame for our selfishness or failures; we alone are responsible for our sins. But in ways we'll never fully understand, God created each of us and made us unique. The Bible says, "For you created my inmost being" (Psalm 139:13).
Does this mean your friend doesn't need God? No, not at all. Only God can rescue her from pride, and only God can make her an even better person. Most of all, only God can give her hope -- hope for her life right now, and most of all, hope for eternity. Pray for her, that God will convict her of her need for Christ's forgiveness and salvation.
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In addition, let her life be a challenge to you. Christ came not only to open the door to Heaven for us, but to transform our lives right now. Is this happening in your life? Jesus said, "Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).o
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