I have a story for you.
A guy I know was speaking at a conference. He had some friends in town, and they asked him to meet with a woman they knew. This woman had been dealing with a lot of troubles. The friends thought maybe the guy could help her.
So he met her for coffee. They sat down together and he asked her, “How are you doing?” She told him directly, “You know, I’m not a believer.”
“Yes, I know that,” he said. He started to speak, but she seemed defensive and went on. “I don’t even believe that Jesus existed!” she told him. He opened his mouth to respond, and still she went on, verbally pushing him away.
Finally he got a chance to speak, and he told her, “I just wanted to know what you wanted in your coffee.”
Surprised, she said, “You don’t want to try to convert me?” And he said, “No, I just want to have this cup of coffee with you.” And she said, “Okay.”
So he went to the counter and got cups of coffee for both of them. By then she had calmed down, and so they sat there for a bit, quiet, just sipping. And then she said, “Why are you here?”
He looked right into her eyes and he said, “I’m here to have a cup of coffee with you.”
“You know I’m not a Christian,” she said. “I don’t believe in Jesus. So, if you know that about me, what can you possibly tell me?” And he said, “I can tell you that Jesus not only loves you, but He likes you.”
The woman started weeping. That’s all he said to her, and she released all that pain. He got her a cup of coffee and told her, “Jesus not only loves you, but He actually likes you.”
I can promise you that scenario is not in scripture. You cannot open up the Bible and find the place where it talks about how to handle a woman in a coffee shop who is angry and hurting. Sometimes, we have to ask for wisdom. Suppose the guy had told her, “Your time is coming. Jesus is coming back and it’s going to be too late. You’re going to go to hell.” He could have said that to her, but he would have turned her off. She would have walked out of that coffee shop, and she probably wouldn’t ever have believed in Jesus. But that’s not what he said. He didn’t react to her feelings or her words. He just let her speak, and he got her a cup of coffee. He earned enough trust that she was ready to listen to him. And when she asked, “What do you have for me,” he told her, “Jesus loves you, but He also likes you.”
And it’s all he had to say.