“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live (Deuteronomy 3:19).”
“Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal (Matthew 25:44-46).”
GOD has given all of us a free will; a right to choose between life and death.
GOD allows all of us to make choices but we also have to live with the consequences of those choices.
GOD also placed men and women of GOD in the earth to help lead and teach us to make the right choice. The problem is men and women of GOD have a tendency to become contentious with those whom they are supposed to love, lead and teach.
A man who won’t treat you right won’t teach you right.
You cannot lead those whom you do not love.
If you want to lead a person to become righteous, you cannot treat them like they are wretched.
We have all had our bouts in time past with OUR version of sin. Someone loved us, prayed for us and waited for us to come out of sin and they welcomed us into right standing with GOD.
If people REALLY knew what Matthew 7:1 (Judge not lest you be judged) REALLY means, they would know that they have no right to punish or condemn anyone. Our job is simply to love our brothers and sisters in a way that will lead them to righteousness.
Has anyone ever thought about WHY GOD has not killed satan? With all the evil the devil has done and is doing WHY hasn’t GOD killed or taken him out?
It’s because GOD still loves him. Just as with you and me, GOD is yet giving satan a chance to repent.
We have a duty to love those who we believe are going in the wrong direction in life. Like the father of the prodigal son (Luke 15), we have to wait at the side of the road and watch for them to return. Then, we have to both welcome and restore them once they come back.
We will not be able to lead them back to righteousness if we don’t love them while they are wretched.