And now I have this day declared it to you; but ye have not obeyed the voice of the Lord your God, nor any thing for the which he hath sent me unto you.Jeremiah 42:21
Amy Dawson was the advice lady at her workplace. She was a mature, married woman with children and grandchildren whom the younger employees looked up to. They would often come to her for advice on relationships, work, and general life questions. As a Christian, Amy always invited the questions and hoped to point them to the Lord. In doing so, she made sure to base her answers on God’s Word.
Jennifer asked her one day about moving in with her new boyfriend, Jimmy. Amy told her that was not God’s way and directed her to several places in the Bible. She also reasoned with her from her life-experience with similar situations. Jennifer appreciated the wise and godly counsel but moved in with her boyfriend anyway. A year later she was pregnant and a year after that she was a single mom. Jimmy left them to move into a new relationship.
When Danni wanted to know if drinking in moderation was a good decision, Amy told her that alcohol was a trap and even taken in small doses would create trouble. She showed her what the Bible says and shared her own story of deliverance from an alcoholic father. Danni appreciated the wise and godly counsel but began drinking anyway. This eventually led to an addiction that ended her career with the company.
Amy continued to pray for Jennifer and Danni and as long as they were employed by the company she offered them advice and counsel. She took them gifts and made cards for their special occasions. She also gave them scripture portions depending on their need. Eventually, Jennifer and Danni asked Amy to stop. Not because of her approach but because they were embarrassed by their own failure.
God’s messenger must continue to love and hold out hope for people even when they reject the message. True or False?
Why must God’s messengers continue to love and hold out hope?
At what point should God’s messenger feel he or she should move on from those who reject God?