The Cure

Last week I wrote about someone who invaded my life once again to moan about the latest consequences of his wrong choices.

This person shows no desire to get right with God but communicates if he can get help from me and my husband, ie financial, circumstances can be made so much better.

Many offered monetary assistance to him in the past with disastrous results. They/we discovered people who prove unable to manage their lives tend not to be able to manage their finances. Their wrong choices also affect how they choose to spend money.

This individual refuses the cure to the many crises he faces in his life—ones brought about his own tendency to gravitate toward low life living. He wants a band aid for a wound which gapes and gushes.

Only God can cure what ails this man.

Unfortunately, he renounces that truth.

He did come to our door last week. My husband spoke with him briefly, but discerned he already closed his heart to any real help we could offer. He asked for assistance but refused any wisdom to keep him from repeats of this pattern of downward spirals.

“I don’t know what to do,” he said repeatedly.

Yet when we offered wise counsel, he rejected it.

My heart breaks over the many people who live like this man. They make mistake after mistake and yet never learn from their errors.

I continue to pray, but I realized to talk to this person wastes my time and energy.

The verse that comes to mind gives this message: Give wise reproof only to those who have a listening ear. (See Proverbs 25:12)

This man wants me to listen as he spouts negativity, hopelessness and helplessness, but he refuses to listen when I bring words which can save his life both figuratively and literally.

Over the last several years when I go for walks and come to a dead end, I pray for this man and others.

“Lord, deliver them from dead end living.”

Only He can.

“The Cure” by Unspoken


About elainecreasman

I am a freelance writer and inspirational speaker. Since 1986 I have led the Suncoast Christian Writers Group.
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2 Responses to The Cure

  1. Joan Lanning says:

    Yes…we must pray.

  2. Fran Sandin says:

    We can give financially as the Lord leads and we can show His love by sharing the way of salvation, and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. However, if the person refuses to receive spiritual help, it seems to be enabling poor choices by merely giving money. I believe Jesus told the disciples that if people refuse their message, they should shake the dust from their feet and move on. Sometimes people become like the prodigal son, but until they realize they are in the pig pen, they cannot be helped. It takes a great deal of prayer and discernment to know how to encourage others. Sometimes it is more loving to say “no” to financial assistance because that puts the responsibility back on the person. He then makes his choice. Thanks for this reminder, Elaine.

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