There comes a time in every Christians life where they see a friend that's taking a path that is leading to destruction. Something that can ruin their life and possibly others surrounding them. If grieves our spirits and our hearts when people, who often know the Truth of God's Word, and yet decide not to follow it. No matter how much we share the Word, or encourage them in the scriptures, it just seems like they still want to follow their desire.
So you ask yourself, what's a person suppose to do? Are we suppose to just let them go off the deep end? Let them lose it all, their soul, their family, their walk with God just to pursue carnal impulses? A question many of us have asked ourselves many times over. When is enough, enough? When should we stop trying or should we stop trying?
There's a story in the Bible about a young man who had such a craving for the world, that he was willing to walk away from his responsibilities, his family, his faith, and really all that he had ever known, to run after his cravings. And with that, he took all his inheritance and left for a far away land. It was there that he wasted his possessions with extravagant living, partying with his new found friends until he had used it all. At that moment in the land, where he lived, a severe famine arose. It was then he found himself without and wanting.
You're probably saying, "that's a good story and all, but what's that got to do with my friend, my loved one, and how I can help him?". You see, sometimes, no matter how much we talk to our friend, they've already decided, or chosen, the other path. It doesn't matter how dark it may be, or how many dangers lurk in the shadows, they still think they must chase the longings. To them there seems like there's no other way.
But there's more to the story, that young man found someone in that country that put him to work feeding pigs. (A very degrading job) He realized that his willingness to eat the pigs food had brought him to rock-bottom. It was then he determined to go home, knowing that he could be a servant in his father's house, living and eating better than he was. Thus he did!
The story says when the father saw the son far away, he ran to him and welcomed him home. This tells me the father was watching, waiting, anticipating, believing in faith for his son's return. Even praying and trusting the Lord.
Your friend or loved one, may have journeyed away from the truth of God's Word, but I encourage you to have faith, keep praying, keep believing, keep confessing the Word. Pray the eyes of their understanding will be enlightened,(Eph 1:18) that God will place the right people in their path and bring them to repentance. All things are possible with God. (Mark 9:23) There IS hope. God's love for them never fails, never gives up.(1 Cor. 13:4-8) Keep watching, because even at an eleventh hour they can return to the path of God.
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."