Loving Not Judging- Bringing Love Home

I work with people in addictions and compulsive behaviors on a weekly basis with a ministry I serve with and participate in at TPCC called Celebrate Recovery. I have seen lives changed because of love, the love of God and his faithful followers. I have the experience of my belief that God can change the worst of sinners in my own life. Coming to Las Vegas I see the evidence of lives changed because of love, lives so full of brokenness and sin patterns. It is so amazing to see just how far God will go to show a wayward child the love He has always had for them.

It has been a strong reminder that no one, absolutely no one is too far gone for God to reach. That means even my brother, someone who really close to me. My brother is 37 and has been struggling with addictions and crime since age 12. I have seen its devastating effect on my brother’s health and our family. I struggle with the faith to believe that my brother can change. Year after year of the same old drama that my brother’s lifestyles brings starts chipping at my hope of my brothers salvation. This trip has giving me the renewed hope to start praying for my brother and begin loving him instead of judging him and his lifestyle and thinking negatively about his future. My brother will most likely never respond to the gospel if I nag him or shake my head at him. I need to love Him with the love Christ has given me. I am grateful God has renewed this in me before I had lost all hope of my brother coming to Christ and gave up completely!

To God be the Glory forever and ever!!!!


One response to “Loving Not Judging- Bringing Love Home

  • Gracie

    You have such a good point! I really liked the part when you said “This trip has giving me the renewed hope to start praying for my brother and begin loving him instead of judging him and his lifestyle and thinking negatively about his future.” It’s so true, I have family members as well that aren’t on the perfect path to their salvation and because I care so much about them, I tend to judge them instead of just loving them with all I have and have faith that our Heavenly Father will take care of the rest. If I love them and show them that no matter what they’re going through I will be there for them, I can maybe influence them through example. They need to come to their own realization that they need to change and then they need that desire to change. They have to also understand that if they pass this bad phase they are on then they will see that heavenly father works in mysterious ways and they will be stronger in the end. Thanks again for this great point you brought up. I needed to hear this. http://goo.gl/6C8ez1

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