Husband’s Steadfast Example Leads Wife to Christ
Tanmayee’s amulets jingled as she turned the pages of her husband’s Bible. She was searching for answers. It was a mystery why her husband, Nathin, remained devoted to Jesus despite her urging to reject Him.
He loves me, Tanmayee thought to herself, but is never willing to listen to me when I ask him to forsake Christ. These thoughts troubled Tanmayee’s heart often, and she wondered who the true Savior of the world was.
Christianity: A ‘Lowly Religion’
Nathin and Tanmayee grew up worshiping ancestral gods as their families had done for generations. Tanmayee strongly put her hope in religious jewelry to protect her from evil and harm. But after a few years of marriage, Nathin came to know Jesus as his loving Savior and urged Tanmayee to experience the love of Jesus for herself. But Tanmayee avoided every word spoken about Jesus. She wanted nothing to do with Christ.
“It is best to stick to our own religion,” Tanmayee told her husband. “Christianity is not for us; it is the religion of [lowly] people.”
Eager to grow in his walk with Christ, Nathin would invite Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported pastor Maagh over to their house for tea and Bible study. Out of respect, Tanmayee would sit with Nathin and Pastor Maagh while they talked about Scripture and prayed together. But Tanmayee never liked it, and she often complained to her husband.
Though Nathin showed love and respect to Tanmayee, she was embarrassed about his decisions to follow Christ. She mocked Nathin and felt ashamed of him around her relatives and friends.
In response to Tanmayee’s reactions, Nathin treated his wife with extra love and care. Instead of backing down when things grew difficult, he stood strong in his faith. He would encourage his wife, saying, “Jesus Christ is indeed the risen Lord.” And through Nathin’s gentle words and loving heart, little seeds were planted in Tanmayee’s heart.
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