I've got a real problem. I met this girl Kim at the beginning of the school year. We've become best friends. My other friend Cheryl makes us a great trio. However, Kim sleeps around with lots of guys outside of our school. And she tells people!
The problem is my good friend Annette told me everyone believes Cheryl and I do it, too, because we hang out with Kim. This hurts! Cheryl and I have told Kim to stop doing it and stop telling people about her personal life. But how do Cheryl and I get rid of our bad and definitely untrue reputation?
We don't want to hang around Kim, but she doesn't have any other friends. How do we get rid of these lies?
You do have a problem - a serious one. I am very concerned about you and your reputation, but I'm also concerned about your friend Kim, who is destroying her life by sleeping around. So I want to give some council to you both.
Sharon, you must use this situation as an opportunity to replace the bad reputation with a new, powerful one. Instead of being known as a young lady who gives her body to guys, become known as a young lady who has given her soul to Jesus Christ. Use your example of love and strength in dealing with Kim as a statement to others. I'm praying Kim will give her life to Jesus and then she will be an example of someone who has been radically changed by Jesus Christ.
But I must caution you. Do not be saddened or even depressed if you do not get the results you hoped for, especially at the very start. Some people will like you no matter what and others will dislike you no matter what. All you can do is do what's right by God and leave the results to him.
The Bible says in Proverbs 16:7,
When a man [or woman] is trying to please God, God makes even his worst enemies to be at peace with him (TLB).
Sharon, be strong - for your friend and for yourself. God will help you.
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