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At some time in our lives, we all experience situations where we are trying to help or comfort a friend, family member, or even a stranger. If you’ve never been confronted by the issues the person is going through, it can be particularly hard. You may feel out of your depth, clueless about what to do, or unsure how to show them Christ-like love and compassion. If that sounds like you, here are some suggestions that may help.
Start by listening
The Bible has lots to say about the value of listening. The books of James and Proverbs have tons of wisdom on it, and I recommend reading them if you want to learn more. Here are some verses that go straight to the point:
Before I left on my year-long, 50-state road trip, the one thing that scared me the most was that — if I really gave up everything to go after what I wanted, I would end up being alone forever.
As in, I would never find a husband.
It seems laughable to me now.
The logic doesn’t even make sense. But, at the time, this was my train of thought: if I were to quit my full-time job, move out of my apartment, and sell all of my physical possessions to go on this crazy journey, no self-respecting guy would be able to take me seriously.
Jack Ryan. Number cruncher. US Marine. CIA operative. Dude with two first names.
He’s a character that has been around the traps for some time. Created by author Tom Clancy, Jack has hit the big screen in a number of film adaptations already — Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger to name two. Now, director Branagh has been given the reins of rebooting the franchise, with Chris Pine in the title role.
What's Jack Ryan all about?
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit explains the origins of the character without dwelling too much on the backstory. Ryan was a U.S. Marine badly injured by a helicopter crash, causing him to go into long-term rehabilitation and settle for an office job as an analyst on Wall Street. Or so it seems.
Have you ever tried to be someone else just to fit in with a group of people?
Have you ever tried to do something impressive, just for the sake of others’ approval?
I'm sure many of us would probably say "yes" to at least one of these questions, but why do we do it? Sometimes it's simply because we feel the need to fit in and be accepted. This is a struggle faced by both Christians and non-Christians.
The dangers of trying to fit in
Some may ask, “Is it okay for a Christian to become friends with a non-Christian?” The answer is yes. It is important to have fellow Christians in your life, but that does not mean you should limit your friendships to only Christians. Sometimes becoming friends with a non-Christian can test your faith, but in the end that friendship may strengthen it.
Philemon is a book that will shake us to our core and change our relationships and social life if we take it seriously (read it now, it's only 25 sentences long).
It centers, appropriately enough, around Philemon, a rich man of good social standing, who becomes a Christian (possibly through Paul’s ministry), and his rebellious, runaway slave, Onesimus.
Masters and slaves
In Bible days, masters owned slaves. It was not an equal relationship. In ordinary circumstances, Philemon and Onesimus did not relate to each other as people, peers or equals. They would not have been "friends."
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