Drawing or Dragging?

When Paul was trying to get his friend Philemon to do the right thing by Onesimus, the runaway slave, he had a choice…he could either try to drag Philemon by his apostolic muscle to do the right thing or he could appeal to him and draw him to the right thing out of a position of love (Philemon 9, 14).  People generally respond better when they are drawn to do the right thing rather than dragged to do it.  That's what Jesus did.  Jesus said "But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself". (John 12:32, NIV).  He didn't say He would drag all men unto Himself.  He also said that He stood at the door and knocked.  He didn't break it down with a battering ram.  Jesus never forced His way into our lives, He drew us unto Himself.  When we seek to lead people to Jesus, we can't drag them there, we must draw them with the love of Jesus.