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5 Ways to Extend Love to Nonbelievers

By Mormon.org
Clouds at sunset with an inspirational message by Sister Carole M. Stephens

The Plan

Agency is essential in Heavenly Father’s plan for the salvation of His children. He sent us to earth with all the tools necessary to follow Him, but in His loving wisdom, He lets us choose whether or not we will.

God has promised great blessings to those who choose to follow Him. However, sometimes those we love choose a different path. If you want to improve your relationships with and show more love to those who don’t share your faith, start with these five simple words.

Hope

Have hope in Jesus Christ. The only person you can control is you. But you can always exercise hope in the teachings of Jesus Christ. As you have hope in Christ, you will learn to trust His timing and His power for good in the lives of those you love.

Pray

Pray for guidance in your relationships with nonbelievers. God loves all of His children perfectly and will direct you as you pray to Him in faith. Prayer can and does work miracles, both in your life and in the lives of those you love.

Watch this reminder of the power of prayer.

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Build

Build on common ground with nonbelievers. You may not share the same faith, but you probably have many things in common. Strengthen your relationship with them by focusing on similarities and not differences. Chances are, as you develop a strong relationship around common interests, others will feel the influence of your faith.

Share

When appropriate, share your faith. You don’t have to preach to share what you know in loving ways. Sometimes a simple testimony of God’s love in the appropriate setting can soften hearts and lead others to Christ.

Watch as one girl uses technology to share simple statements of faith with those she loves.

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Live

Live your faith. In most cases, actions speak louder than words. So follow Christ’s example by standing firm in your convictions, loving others unconditionally, and reaching out at all times to lift and strengthen. You may never change someone else’s belief system, but as you live what you believe, you will come closer to Jesus Christ and your relationships with others will improve.

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