This song may not seem to go with this article today, but it was really in my spirit to post it.
Sometimes people and our lives can just get in a mess!
They may be close to us and we must choose to rightly discern that situation and what to do next.
Then and only then must we act accordingly! Many will throw a person away, because of the character flaws they see.
This we must never do!
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9.
We live in a sinful imperfect world as we all know.
Sometimes, it is more than just ‘character flaws’ which all of us have.
We as Christians surely have not arrived yet, but are still on The Potter’s Wheel!
Getting back, it may be serious ‘addictions’ of every sort, that are binding a person. It is now hurting and involving everyone around them.
This is true in non-Christian circles and Christian circles alike. It is true in our families and our friend circles also.
We must remember, they are mostly hurting themselves! They need help and Godly intervention and counsel.
There are scriptures we can draw from.
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1.
If a person known for righteousness falls, it can affect many of those watching! Still we must go to them in Christian agape love to see that they are restored.
What is the old saying, The Church is the only one who shoots their own wounded?
So we don’t want to shoot them down when they are needing the healing balm of Gilead! We must apply love in the form of correction, though.
To hold back correction is to hurt the person further. It is the truth that will make us free.
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32.
We must love them enough to want them free and not dependent on us. Still we must speak this truth in a loving spirit.
We all have heard the expression, that we need to apply tough love!
Now is the really hard ‘tuff’ part to do!
We have to let a person go their own path they choose. Still there is intervention if they will only receive. Some continue to choose wrong no matter how much help we try to give.
When they choose to their own detriment over and over to make bad choices, you must cut them loose.
This hurts them and us, but there are some who will not listen or learn without hitting rock bottom.
Is that what God wants? No . It goes without saying, it is much better if they grab that lifeline we offer through Godly help and counsel.
Some will listen and don’t have to go all the way to the bottom. They will catch that rope and let you pull them up so to speak.
If not, just know if we don’t get out of the way we can hinder what God is trying to do in their life. To rescue a person over and over, only enables them to use us as a crutch!
It is unhealthy for them and for us also.
We must choose right and apply wisdom in a loving matter with our choice. It will help and not hurt.
Then Stand back and watch God work.
The situation is now in His Mighty Hands and He will move!
God bless you.
~ Joyce D. McGuire
My name is Joyce D. McGuire, called to work in and for the Kingdom of God! To lead we must try to follow Jesus Christ closely. That is my heart. I am a Chaplain to the prisons; prophetic intercessor by His grace; author; and a Mother in the Kingdom of God. To many I am simply Mama Joyce. Some favorite verses of mine are Matthew 11:28-30.