Amal's friend of many years, who is also very religious, was there with a small alteration for a dress for her son's engagement. Mostly she was there to talk, and she was excitedly telling Amal about the religion classes she'd been attending recently.
Amal's friend asked me about religion. I told her that I am not interested in religion but in pleasing God. I asked if I could share a story with them. I thought and prayed a moment and selected one of the three Scripture stories that I now know in their heart language.
In just a couple minutes I told them the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector praying at the temple from Luke 18. As I asked some questions about the story, both Amal and her friend quickly spotted the pride so evident in the Pharisee and noted that God requires humility.
Referring to Jesus' words in the story, I commented, "It's interesting that Jesus said, 'I tell you with certainty that this one (the tax collector) went home that day made right with God.' Do you believe it's possible to know for certain that you are right with God?" I asked. Jesus' words in the story opened the door for me to then share that I do know for certain that I've been made right with God.
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