“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 John 2:1. NKJV.)
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, 13 although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 16 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.” (1 Timothy 1:12-16. NKJV.)
Sometimes I wonder if I am trying to do things myself and am trying to do what only my Father can do. Is there a line that should not be crossed when giving God’s word to others and if so, where is the line drawn? When does my encouragement stop being supportive and start stepping on my Father’s toes? Or does that happen at all?
God does not need me to convert others, He can create followers from the rocks beneath my feet. “…For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.” (Luke 3:8. NKJV.)
My heart aches so heavily for my loved ones who have not been filled by the Holy Spirit and have not had a change of heart due to God’s grace and Christ’s sacrifice that I focus more on them hearing the word and preaching to them (or maybe at them) that I lose site of the whole GRACE part of it!!!