Today's daily devotion

Personal Choice

Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice.—PSALM 49:7–8 ESV

There are some things no person can do for another. For example, none of us can make a decision to accept Christ for another. Every soul makes its own choice.

That truth hurts many of us, because we love people who have resisted the gospel message. Though we seek to share the joys of Jesus, some will never come to Him. When that’s the person we give care to, it’s a heavy load to bear.

God does not hold us accountable for another’s decision. He only tells us to bear the news. We should do that gently, with respect, because we all know those who have irritated others by coming on too strong. Pushing doesn’t work. It causes resentment, not faith.

If a loved one refuses God, perhaps it’s time to stop talking and start praying. Maybe another messenger will open that hard heart to the truth. Perhaps it’s time to live our faith as much as speaking it.

Ultimately, that decision lies between one person and God. Give them the truth, let your loved ones choose, and trust God for the outcome.

Lord, help me to care for my loved one by not taking this decision into my own hands. You say each must make the choice. Help me be fervent in prayer instead.

Adapted from
Strength & Grace Magazine

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