Reflections From The Bible And Life

Do Not Be Afraid To Fire Warning Shots

Ezekiel 33:7-9; Psalm 95:1-9; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20

The 10 commandments can be summed up as stated in Romans 13:10, ” ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” These words came from Jesus Himself.

We love someone genuinely when we do our best in bringing out the goodness in them. Love is not just about giving what the other person desires, and showing compassion for one another. Sometimes one makes mistakes unintentionally, or intentionally out of selfish love and lack of concern for others. It is our duty as Christians to point out these mistakes to the person so that they may be aware of what they’re doing, and be guided back to the Lord. We do this in a loving way and do so privately so as not to embarrass them unnecessarily.

If the person listens to you, then you have helped a lost soul find its way back to the Light of God. If he doesn’t listen to you, you can ask for help from some people who knows your friend. Maybe they can shed some truth to what you’re saying to him. If he still doesn’t believe, you can enlist the help of people from your church and pray about it, as well. If he still doesn’t listen, then it’s his loss and not yours. At least at this point, you can honestly say that you did your best within your capacity to help him, and God won’t hold you accountable for his damnation. However, if you give up too early or remain quiet even if you know that what he’s doing is wrong, the Lord will hold you responsible for his misdirection, as stated in the bible in Ezekiel 33:7-9.

When we love one another, we become caretakers of each other’s soul, guiding each other whenever one goes astray. Love is not about spoiling a person to the point of giving him a false sense of security, reality and values.

With children, while it is OK to provide for them, it is also right to give them space to explore the world on their own while you let them know that help is always there when they need it, and provide such in times of need. This way, they may get a better feel of what it is like to be independent, plus they get a chance to further develop their God-given talents.

How blessed are we if we have a loved one or a good friend who alerts us when we are entering a dangerous area and is honest with us when we make mistakes. They are God’s angels who keep us safe from harm’s way. How even more blessed can we become if we become that loving friend.

Lord, help me become my brother’s keeper, that I may be used to bring his lost soul back to you.

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