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Beware, I'm all prickles!


Just as God's love melted Barbara's hard and prickly heart, so we can win others.


James 5:16b-17.


Beware the Prickles!

There was a girl named Barbara and she was nicknamed "Barbed-Wire" because she was so prickly.  If she thought you were against her, she would fly into you, and shout and scream abuse at you.  If you dared to criticise her, she would call you dreadful names and swear at you.  As a result she had no friends and everyone avoided her like the plague.

That is, until Jane came to her school.  Jane was a Christian and was friendly to all.  When she saw Barbara sitting all by herself at break, she went up to her and sat down besides her.  "My name is Jane," she said, "What's yours?"

"Barbed-Wire!" came a ferocious reply, "And I eat little girls for lunch!"   Jane laughed and Barbara looked at her in amazement.  "Aren't you scared that I'll bash you?" growled Barbed-Wire.  "Oh no," laughed Jane, "You see, I have a big Friend with me.  He's always watching over me, so I'm not afraid."

My Best Friend:

Barbed-Wire was astonished.  She was so used to children avoiding her.  She looked around and saw no one near them.  "Who did you say was watching you?" she asked in a puzzled voice.  "Why Jesus, of course," replied Jane, "He's my best Friend and Saviour, and He wants to be yours as well!"

"I'm no good," Barbara sighed, "Nobody likes me."  Jane looked her in the eye, "Well, if you weren't so prickly, maybe they would.  I'm sure there's lot's of good in you."

Praying for Barbara:

That night Jane prayed for Barbara.  James 5:16b-17 tells us to pray for one another since the effective prayer of a righteous person can achieve much.  And she did.  Jane prayed everyday for Barbara and made a point of being friendly with her.

Sometimes Barbara would growl at her and one day even leapt up and grabbed Jane around the neck.  "Why don't you leave me alone!" she yelled.  Jane fearlessly returned, "Because Jesus loves you and so do I!"

Jesus Changes Barbara:

The day came when Barbed-Wire asked Jane to pray with her.  She wept as she told Jesus of all her hurts and the anger in her heart.  But, what a change!  She was no longer Barbed-Wire and all that wire was pulled down as Jesus changed her.  And now there were two who went about smiling and being friendly to all!

And we can win others in the same way by being friends with them, praying for them, and showing love and concern for them.  Even if they are full of hate and prickles!

Why don't you try it?

God bless!

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