When “Bill” returns…

Our souls can be a whirlpool of emotions that can take control of our lives, if we allow it too. Emotions are a beautiful gift from God when used in the correct manner. It shows we are human and not robots created as an experiment or for extermination. The difference between the wise and the fool is how we handle these emotions. 

The fool gets angry and seeks revenge,  the wise leaves vengeance to God and the really wise know how to still love the one who hurts them. The fool becomes jealous of what someone else has and aims to take hold of it, the wise take hold of what they have and enjoys it. Who out of the 2 are missing out on life? Being angry and magnifying whatever the issue was to make you angry only brings about destruction. Wanting what someone else has is an endless pursuit that leads to nothing but loss and pain, this is for all those involved. The wise person will not let anger simmer, when something simmers or marinates it becomes stronger, the wise one would deal with the issue immediately to prevent this from happening. Do not let the sun go down while you are angry ephesians 4:6. In other words, don’t sleep on anger just to wake up in a mood. Forgive the one who hurt you, either before God in your heart or through actions and words by showing and saying you have forgiven them. You can say you forgive someone and still be moody with them or purposely push their buttons, this is why you also need to demonstrate forgiveness through actions. 

Scenario. Bill is your best friend and has been for many years. You always tell each other the most personal things and go out everywhere together. Bill has been through much loss and pain and you always stood by him just like he stood by you. One day Bill started a new job and made new friends. It was cool at first and you were happy for him,  he was going out with them and catching you up on funny stories. You knew by the stories that his new friends were not the best influence. However you kept on listening to him and showed his importance to you. Over time Bill was seeing you less and seeing his new friends more, which as  a good friend you accepted. What was difficult is when Bill  stopped coming to church every week and justified it by saying he was praying and studying at home instead. It was even more difficult to find out that Bill was going out clubbing on the week ends, that’s why you were no longer hanging out on Saturdays because Bill was recovering. He would tell you he couldn’t make it and to hide the shame of being drunk would lie. Bill was on a slippery slope and you were trying to reach out your hand. Now you have told a few faithful people at church the situation because you knew they would pray. Stories of Bills mad nights began to spread, along with stories of woman he began to sleep with. His new friends would cheer him on saying, ‘she was hot, go on son get in there!’. Bill knew in his heart that this was not right but now he felt ‘why bother stopping now I have started’. So continues this cycle, the more it continues the stronger the hold becomes. This makes you sad because you care for Bill and you always want the best for him. You could never give up on him because you know Jesus never gives up, and thats the example you follow.

Bill is a prime example of someone who has been pulled away from the faith by the temptations of the world. This story is so common to so many people, it is just written in a different way. When we know a Bill we can pray, if we are in danger of being like Bill then we need to have good friends who will never give up on us. Being Bill may bring a thrill for a season but always ends in sorrow. Never give up on the Bills of life, never stop praying for them. When Bill returns he will have a testimony of the grace of God, he can testify how good you were as a friend even if for a while he mocked you with his other so called friends. What Bill needs is grace and not a judgemental attitude. Pointing out his faults in a way that makes him feel condemned will only push him further from God and the church. Remind him of the victory of Christ on the cross, that it’s not too late to turn back to God and that God can restore him. This is how we win the Bills back to God. 

We have all been a Bill at some point, but thanks be to God the price has been paid 💲👑🌎

The difference between a fool and a wise person depends on our choices. Everyone makes mistakes and can sometimes be like Bill, the foolish way is when we choose to live that way. We all fall short of the glory of God Romans 3:23 We can all be deemed a fool. Yet through Christ we can all be wise too. 

Here is a message to anyone on the slippery slope. Jesus loves you, he died for you to be saved. Don’t allow the guilt to consume you, theres no condemnation in Christ Jesus Romans 8:1. We make mistakes, God knows this and still chose us as his special possession to be children of God. Does a good father abandon his child? No, so hang in there you are not too far gone because you are here today. Come just as you are and let Christ work a miracle in your heart as he heals you. Amen.


DMZ

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