..and even for soon-or-later-on-to-become-friends, for the purpose of seeing our winsome Christ catch them to eternal life, a believer must have hearers. And to have hearers a believer must legitimately gain people's confidence. Do people trust you? This is elementary, but allow the Spirit's grace to make you sincere, victorious, consistent and honest.
Too many these days are shady or twisted with wrong motives, but God's love, purity, and integrity are so important. The Bible says…
"An honest witness does not lie; a false witness breathes lies" (Prov. 14:5).
"A prayer of David. O Lord, hear my plea for justice. Listen to my cry for help. Pay attention to my prayer, for it comes from honest lips" (Ps. 17:1).
Witnessing for a true believer ain't a "got to" or some kinda legalistic strain, it's an prayerful and therefore easy, fruit-bearing "get to" sorta thing ..of grace. It's a privilege and joy! Jesus, our Chief example Fisher, described that bearing His yoke of Lordship for any disciple, would be easy.
I'm currently thinkin' about this.. following after Him and then fishin' with Him ..takin' part in the Great Commandment and Great Commission.. in that order, "Jesus called out to them [His followers], 'Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!'" Matthew 4:19