Recently I read Matthew 19:26, in this verse it states that with God all things are possible. After reading this, I began thinking about situations in my friends and families’ lives. These situations had a common dominator, people are making decisions in their lives that are destructive. These decisions are hurting others in their lives. And my thought after reading this verse was, “God, you have the power to make people change. Why don’t you? It would create less hurt.”
God’s answer to me was the answer of a gentleman. He said “because I do not force myself on others.” I am glad I serve a God who is a gentleman. Because let’s face it I do not do well if someone forces a decision on me, nor do most people. And if God would force us to make decisions or if he made all our decisions then we would just be mere puppets.
God has given us choice. He allows to choose if we are going to accept the gift of grace that He offers us. As much as I wish these individuals who are making these destructive decisions, would see God’s grace and what freedom they could have if they would allow God change their heart. I can not make this choice for them or I can not make them make a different choice. The only I can do is love these people and show them what unconditional love looks like. God’s love is what changes hearts. And we should build relationships with others in the context of showing His love. A saying that we use at work fits well with this. “No significant change happens outside a significant relationship.” So who do you need to spend time with to show the love of a heavenly Father who loves them more they could imagine?