While watching the news last week, a breaking story came on flashing the face of a young man who had attended school with my daughter. His face was clearly plastered on the screen, as he was being accused of a serious crime.
If this is true, my heart goes out to his victims. But more than that, my heart longs to tell him, that though this behavior is rightly coming to an end, and he will in some way pay for his crime, this is not the end for him, but possibly the beginning. This can be the beginning of his freedom, freedom from the bondage of sin. You know the saying, “In order to look up, one sometimes must be knocked down”.
This however, is the precious promise: Romans 8:31 says, “The One who died for us, who was raised to life for us, is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us! Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times...not even the worst sins listed in Scripture....nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable, absolutely nothing can get between us and Gods love because of the way that Jesus, our Master has embraced us”. Not even us!
And because of that, nothing should separate him from ours.
I don’t know anyone’s heart; only God does, for sure. There are some people who are just evil, we leave them to God and yet still pray.
So yes, as with many breaking stories happening, we’ll discuss this, and have our opinions. Take the time to thank God for grace and ask for this young man and many in our world today causing harm to others, that they somehow in the midst of the mess, seek God. Remember the children involved, and remember the grace given to you. And mostly remember to pray.
So much is going on these days, it’s crazy but one thing we can count on is this, “God never gives up on us”. He forgives, He restores; you, your children, all of us. Our futures aren’t a matter of luck or chance. Our futures are a matter of Gods grace and whether we choose to receive it.
So today, I pray. I pray for my daughter’s former classmate, my former student, I pray for all our “family” who are drowning in sin and just don’t see it. I pray for those who cling to wrong as though it’s right, and for those who surround themselves with every thing that could destroy them. I even and especially pray for those who forget grace received and therefore can’t extend it. I pray.