THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
DON’T WRITE THEM OFF, COVER THEM WITH MERCY, AND LOVE THEM
We all have loved ones we’re hoping will CHANGE. We’re praying and BELIEVING, but it’s easy to get frustrated and think it’s not making any DIFFERENCE. But if they’re going to reach their DESTINY, they need someone who will stand in the GAP and cover them with MERCY–NOT judge them, not CONDEMN them, but will help LOVE them into WHOLENESS.
We write people OFF too easily. Don’t judge them by the PRESENT. Before the apostle Paul was a follower of Christ, he was the biggest PERSECUTER of the church. WE would have thought he didn’t have a CHANCE of changing. Yet God told Ananias to go PRAY for Saul. Some of the people WE’RE tempted to write off are chosen VESSELS to do GREAT things. They need someone to BE there for them, to send them a text and tell them that they’re PRAYING for them, to invite them to LUNCH and tell them that they LOVE them–NOT to condemn them or try to straighten them OUT.
Acts 9:15, NIV
But the Lord said to Ananias, Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.