You gotta love that Nicodemus, coming to Jesus under cover of night, cautious, curious, empty, searching, perhaps a little bit expectant. Jesus was gentle. After all, this Nic at night still communicated on a mere human level. But Jesus was firm. “You’re Israel’s teacher, Nic. Get with it. Move on from mere human thinking and think and act in the Spirit.” Out of this conversation emerged the truly great news (and the first verse I ever memorized): “For God so love the world that he gave his only unique son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) My prayer for you today is that you focus on the conversation and that you PROVOKE, PROBE, AFFIRM, CONFRONT, and CHALLENGE your friend. Let God focus on the conversion. Don’t allow lack of grace to eclipse the light of the gospel in your conversations today.