Have you ever tried to rescue a loved one from their own dangerous choices? And after their harsh rejection of your loving intervention, you watched them self-destruct, leaving your fractured relationship and shattered heart in the wake?
You acted in love, so how did things end so badly?
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I’ve been through the heartbreak of rejection from a prodigal that didn’t want to be saved. Even during rejection, I still spent my energy to either prevent or clean their mess.
But Scripture said I had to let go.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.Galatians 6:7-8
As Christians, we want to look out for one another, but there are some things we have to do for ourselves. I can’t choose Christ as your Savior for you. You can’t give an account for my choices before God.
And we can’t reap what a prodigal sows, no matter how much we love them. God has ordained that those who sow to his flesh will reap corruption, and when I try to get in the way, I’m making a fool of God.
It’s hard to turn away and let their decisions run the natural course, but I find peace in giving my loved one to Jesus in prayer every day.
Are you struggling with a wayward loved one who doesn’t want to be saved? Seek God’s direction in prayer and scripture. It’s possible it may be time to get out of the way, to let God do the work in their heart that only He can.
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