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Saving the Wanderer | Kelley Deases
S~ My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins. James 5:19-20 (NIV)
O~ Several years ago, my mother had friend who became involved in an affair. She was married and had a child, but was so enamored with this other man she maintained this “double life” for months if not years. My mother remained a faithful friend, not condoning or excusing this clearly destructive course of conduct, but standing by her friend and, as she had occasion, tried to offer truth and perspective. Ultimately, the affair ran its course and my mom’s friend stayed with her husband and is married to this day. This verse really captures what my mom lived out — her honest attempt to “turn a sinner” from her error by maintaining relationship and speaking truth and life into a sour situation.
A~ I have not always followed this course in my own relationships, and fear I have often “jumped ship” too soon. I can harken back to a particular time with a good friend when I felt she had made some unwise, ungodly, and unsavory choices and I decided to sever the friendship. Rather than remain and encourage her towards God and what He would have for her, I am ashamed to admit I chose to leave her in the mess she had created for herself. It was just too hard, I told myself then. But today Your Word causes me to reflect that, while healthy boundaries may have been in order, perhaps terminating the relationship was not the best way to love her back into the kingdom. (Sigh.)
P~ Father, Thanks You for Your Word which You so often use as a tool to affect heart change and a mirror I need to hold up and get an accurate view of myself and my own actions. Forgive me for taking the easy way out of a friendship that got messy and help me next time to stay and shed light into the dark places.
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