hope you all had a great weekend.
actually I see this as more of a firm, but gentle, separation, (maybe because I am not God's instrument, for now, for this lost child), but with a unmistakable, serious caution. It is about when, but, maybe more about how one moves on. (always looking down the road for the return of the prodigal)
I am thinking of Jude's comment,
17But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18They said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires." 19These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
20But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. 21Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
22Be merciful to those who doubt; 23snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
This is not just a dress rehearsal. Life IS a heaven and hell issue. It is not just one big joke. And, while I believe in humor's power to persuade, and often cajole with others with ulterior motives, I want my speech to be "seasoned with salt".
A modern parallel?, Janine asks. I do not know. Maybe, a refusal to keep up a friendship that is going nowhere spiritually? I am by nature a non-confrontationalist. But, sometimes, one must speak up for the good of the other. Dobson calls it "tough love". It is called not "enabling" by AA?
I will check back later. work calls.