Monday, November 9, 2015

"The Fixer"

"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."  Galatians 6:1

The devotion this morning is for all us "fixers".  You know, we are the people who like to "fix" everything.  We like to fix people's problems.  We want to try to make their lives, especially those we love, easy, problem free and pain free.  We want to make their lives perfect.  When we see they are going the wrong direction, we want to put them on the right way.  When we know something they are doing is harmful to them, we want to "change their course".  The fact is-- we can't fix people!

Having said that, let me now say this-- although we can't "fix" people it doesn't mean that we don't have a God-given responsibility in the lives of others in the "fixing" process.  The scriptures teach us, Jesus called us and modeled by example, that we are to point out the problem for people that needs fixing.  The world (people) is broken and needs fixing.  But if they don't know that, they will forever remain broken.  It is our job to tell them-- let them know. 

Our second responsibility is to tell them how they can be "fixed".  We are to point them to the One who can and does the fixing-- Jesus.  We are to give them hope that they can be "fixed".  We are to present them with truth and help them to see the difference.

The fact remains that even when you tell people the truth and point them in the right direction, there are those who don't want to hear.  They don't want to be "fixed".  They like things the way they are.  They like doing what they are doing.  They don't want to change.  That being the case, since we can't fix anyone anyway, we have to stop trying to fix them and love and pray for them and leave it to the One who does the "fixing".

Have a great day.  We can't "fix" people-- but we have a responsibility to let them know what is broken and point them in the direction of the One who can fix them, or the situation. 

For further reading: 
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." (Hosea 4:6)

"Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother." (Matthew 18:15)

"A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels." (Proverbs 1:5)

"When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.  Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul."  (Ezekiel 3:18,19)

"And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." (Jude 22,23)

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