“My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God.” (James 5:19-20 from “The Message”)
Who do you know that you should “go after?” Someone who used to be in relationship with God and yet for some reason has “wandered off”.
This is where our love for one another is put to the test. Do you love him/her enough to “go after them”?
The easy thing to do is talk in mournful tones about “how they’re really messing up”, and yet do nothing about it. James calls this “writing them off.”
What is more difficult, time-consuming, possibly disappointment producing, and yet what a real friend would do is to “go after them.”
If you do and you succeed in bringing your friend back to God you will have rescued him from “destruction.” You will have pulled her back from the precipice of disaster.
Search and rescue is not always easy, but the result of a discovery and delivery is worth everything it takes!
So who do you need to call? E-mail? Visit? Follow up with?
Your interaction could change your friends life! Go after them!
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Right on, Paul. The ministry of reconciliation is probably the most needed one in the church today.