I became a Christian in 1990 and 2 weeks after I met James at a comic store. He was Catholic and I protestant and we both loved comics and drawing and dreaming of doing our own comics one day. We drifted in and out of each others lives and He became an Atheist. I admit I slammed him with Bible stuff a lot and over the years we had a lot of heated arguments. We remained best friends and He was my Best Man and I was his. He saw me Backslide for a long period of time and I think he lost respect for me then. He wrote me off twice over the years telling me we would never be friends again only to eventually show up at my house and we just picked up where we left off.
The differences kept growing and he moved to Fla for 2 years and moved back and we moved farther apart in Ga. and as friends. I slowly learned Apologetics and I was bad at at it and pushed him farther away. In 2008 he found out his wife had an affair and I saw him do very immoral things out of anger towards her, he lied and manipulated to get custody of their daughter and then divorced her. There were some other things involving his now Wife and we had many arguments about right and wrong.
He established some artist friends in Atlanta that I didn't fit with, drinking, smoking, cussing Atheist types who didn't like me. James never drank or smoked. Early 2008 he wrote me an E-Mail telling me he was done with me again and he wrote some horrible things in it. I read and responded to that e-mail for 2 years but never sent them. Eventually I deleted it and moved on. I think about James every week and regret how I didn't witness to him properly and wish I could have done things differently.
James and I post on a Comics Forum the same one we first posted on since 2000. We have changed user names but everyone there knows me and I have debated Theology there until they practically outlawed it. Recently I was posting on there and noticed he was too, but I didn't post in his threads or he mine. I gave him his space because he made it clear he hates me and he said so many things I can't forget I figured he is done with me.
I posted some comics on that site that my Kids have done and yesterday he commented on one. So here is my dilemma I posted a respectful response but not anything really personal he said he liked my kids artwork and acknowledged that he missed them. I want to PM him and make and apologize or make amends. I don't know if I really want to be friends with him again but I do want to resolve this and maybe he won't be so hateful towards Christians "he said some Blasphemous things about God in the E-Mail blaming Me for his attitude toward Christians". It's been 4 years this guy was like a brother to me but he hurt me but I want to be forgiving and kind to him. My Wife doesn't trust him.
Should I Message him? Should I just pray for him and move on?
Please Pray that God will give me Wisdom and the Words to speak or write if I contact him.
Also suggestions and counsel are appreciated.