Do you have a prodigal child under your roof? I’ve had one, although the lines at this time have begun to blur as to where this “child” stands. In a family of believers, you can at least imagine, it’s not easy. I don’t think anything has stabbed my heart as deeply as having one of my precious gifts from God reject the truth we taught them.
As you know, running from God can take more forms than just a verbal renouncement. Foolish actions can speak louder than words and bring just as much pain in the consequences. There is little to do, but pray for a heart-change and beg and plead for their protection from themselves. I came across a verse that has been a life-line to me during these years of waiting to see God reveal His glory in this one. I pray that it will be a blessing to you as well. It comes from 2Timothy verses 24-26:
“A servant of the Lord (A mother) must not be quarrelsome (fighting and contending).
Instead (she) must be kindly to everyone (that includes family) and mild-tempered [preserving the bond-of-peace].
(She) must be a skilled and suitable teacher, patient and forbearing and willing to suffer wrong (done to her).
(She) must correct (her) opponents (prodigals) with courtesy and gentleness,
in the HOPE that God may grant that they (the prodigal) will repent and come to know the Truth [that they will perceive and recognize and become accurately acquainted with and acknowledge it],
And that they may come to their senses and escape out of the snare of the devil, having been held by him,
and from now on to do His (God’s) will.” AMP
You can see where I used “she” instead of “he”, to encourage myself as a mother dealing with a hard-hearted child. I love these verses because they encourage me to preserve the the relationship with the child. In other words, to love as only Jesus would. In the face of argumentative and quarrelsome words, to be both courteous and gentle, never wavering from what I know to be true. In the face of wrong done to me, to remain patient willing to suffer without resentment. Whew, and if that weren’t hard enough, to remain HOPEFUL that they will someday perceive, recognize and come to “full knowledge” of The Truth.
Jesus is the only one that can set a person free from a destructive life-style or way of thinking. In the meantime, as a mom, I will love them to death and pray for God’s mercy and grace to fall deep and thick!
“Lord, encourage those of us who are mothers of prodigal children. Give us unfailing Jesus-love for them, looking past what we “see” with our eyes. And help us to hold on to the hope that You are the One Who changes hearts of stone to hearts of flesh. In Jesus mighty name bring our prodigals back home.” -A