Never Give Up

Never Give Up

Have you ever had that moment in Church where the pastor says something that sparks something in you? A question regarding your faith, actions, or words?

I had such a moment recently. The pastor was talking about grace and maturity. While listening to him I asked myself: How would I treat people if I had a mindset of never giving up?

I pondered this as I thought of Christ’s sacrifice. How He gave up His Spirit willingly for me. For the chance to be redeemed. To be renewed into a new being. One that could be free from the bondage of sin, from a life of eternal condemnation. He never gave up on me. Never.

But if I look back on my life, on my past, I can’t say that I have had the same mentality for others. It’s shameful what I’ve done. Tossed people aside as unsaveable. Not worth my time. It brings me to tears, my behavior. Because somewhere down the line in my relationship with them, I decided they couldn’t change.

Sure, I told myself that God can work miracles. That nothing is impossible with Him. But in the same breath, I told myself that that didn’t mean they would change. They had to be willing to let God change them. And since that seemed a laughable feat, I tossed them by the way side. Unliked them as simple as a click of the button.

What does that show them? Does that show them the grace of God? Does it show them the merciful attitude of the Lord? Unfortunately, nothing in my actions is Christ-like. I can give myself the excuse that I shouldn’t hang around negative people and so on and so forth. But if I look at the heart of the issue…my heart, that wasn’t my reasoning. It was because I was trying to fill the role of judge and jury. Something I’m not equipped to do.

So if I’ve wronged you, tossed you aside and deemed you unworthy, I’m sorry. God got my attention. Showed me how wrong I was. So now, I’m walking forward intent to do life with people. To help them on their faith journey instead of thinking there isn’t one for them. I want to learn to never give up on another person.

So my question is how do you show your unfailing love for your neighbor? How do you show a person you won’t give up?

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Toni Shiloh About Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. You can visit Toni at her website.

Comments

  1. Caryl McAdoo says:

    There is one lady in particular I remember. She was hard to love, crass, outspoken, sometimes down right mean. I kept telling her, “No matter what you do, I’m still going to love you.” She’d be ugly about my faith and relationship with God. “I love you, still and so does He. My love is unconditional, and I choose to keep loveing you.” At some point, I stopped. I don’t even remember the why of it…but when I think of her…I pray that someone else came along to love her. Thank you for the post, Toni!

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    Toni Shiloh

    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    It was all God, Caryl. He hit me with this topic and my fingers flew across the keypad. Joining you in prayer that someone else will show her God’s love.

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  2. Wonderful message! I know a person that continues to hurt others, with their words and actions. At times, I have given up on that person and tried to forget about them. But, God…. He has a plan. My heart has softened toward that person and I pray for them. I may never see a change in the person, yet, I know God will work things out for His plan and His glory.

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    Toni Shiloh

    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    Yes, Melissa…”But, God.” We never know how much our actions and prayers help a person on their faith journey, but I believe they help. Continue to pray because God hears!

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