How To Save A Life
Posted: Thursday, September 21
Verse of the day:
"Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path." (Galatians 6:6 NLT)
I could see it in his eyes. I was too late. The window of opportunity had passed. I wanted to reason with him. I wanted to unwind the past six months, but steps had already been taken. Decisions were made, and the exit ramp was now closed. I was too late.
I’ve had experiences like this a dozen times over. A godly person is fixated on an ungodly path, and they cannot be deterred. Selfish desire has reframed their perspective, and now, they only see one path. They will destroy relationships; they will walk away from Christian community; they will abandon previously held beliefs all for the stubborn prize of satisfaction.
It’s easy to acknowledge sin in the final chapter, but the opportunity for intervention occurs at a far earlier date. The scenario I mentioned above was a friend who fell in love with a married woman. By the time I realized what was going on, it was too late. The day does come when correction can bring more harm than help. Ranting at someone after they’ve made an ungodly decision is unproductive. Offering gentle and humble guidance in the early stages can make a world of difference. Consider these applications when approaching a close friend…
1. Speak Gently // Choose kind words and safe locations for difficult conversations. People will listen longer if they believe you truly care.
2. Speak Humbly // Operate as a peer—not as an authority. All have sinned. We can sympathize with the weight of temptation. We can sympathize with the injuries of sin.
3. Speak Now // Don’t wait until tomorrow. Temptation drives deeper everyday. If God is leading you to reach out, don’t delay. The opportunity is now.