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December 03, 2012

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I have a close friend that I spent about two years with engaged in a spiritual/philosophical conversation. At the end of the day, I realized (much too late) that my friend was only interested in his own ideas. However, my wife watched these conversations play out and she became better prepared for one of her old friends who began to ask her questions about our faith.

I keep praying that any one of the many things that I said to my friend will have planted roots but, as of right now, I suspect I could have ended that prolonged discussion much sooner. Live and learn.

It's crucial to weigh your objectives for continuing an antagonistic discussion. "Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt..." Yet if you're peppering someone to prove a point, or feel compelled to justify yourself in their eyes, you're likely not profiting anyone spiritually.

Sometimes a kind deed can defuse a lot of verbal resistance to your message. Sometimes the gospel carries better through our hands than our mouths. Perhaps the person truly is not willing or able to receive the treasure in the way you're presenting it.

And sometimes even hard hearts need a kind word to set them on the right path.

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