Rescue the Perishing

I met with a non-Christian friend recently, and as we talked, I shared something

I had written. He began to weep. He said that although he has a different

perspective on life, he knows I love him, and understands my zeal to share

what I believe.

Here is what I shared:

Loving people means doing what is right and not caring too

much if you have their approval. When you love someone

you have to do and say things they may not like. I love you

enough to not care if you will always like me. I hope you will,

but I must do what love requires. “Faithful are the wounds of

a friend.”(Proverbs 27:6) Caring confrontation shows real

love. Flattery is usually deceptive and self-serving.

Are we secure enough in God’s love to risk offending our friends with the

Gospel? How many of those we care about will never hear the truth of God’s

love and the forgiveness He offers only through Christ, because we are too

‘nice’ to bring it up? How often do we end up neglecting opportunities to

invite our friends into an eternal friendship with Jesus Christ?

I know I have been guilty of being too timid and of caring too much about how

my friends perceive me. I want to care more about them, than about what they

think of me. If necessary, am I willing to be rejected as their friend – maybe

even despised as Christ was? I truly want my friends to see my heart – and

even more, to experience the persistent love of God toward them.

“Rescue the perishing; don’t hesitate to step in and help. If you say, ‘Hey,

that’s none of my business,’ will that get you off the hook? Someone is

watching you closely, you know – Someone not impressed with weak

excuses.” (Proverbs 24:11-12 / The Message Bible)

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About Bill Kuntz

Christian Life Coach and psychologist, husband to Wanda, dad to Kathy and Kristy, adopted son to God. I enjoy writing and blogging. My new passion is writing and speaking to inspire others to be all that God made them to be. I work with couples, families, and individuals (particularly young adults and adolescents) in my psychotherapy practice. As a life and leadership coach, I specialize in assisting pastors discern God's highest calling and to achieve high goals without sacrificing connections with family and friends. Please call if you or someone you care about needs counseling or coaching. My phone number is 314-647-4695.

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