Sometimes we look at someone’s condition and think that they are so deep in their sin that they will never change. Perhaps their condition scares us. They may be on drugs so bad that we just want to get as far away from them as possible. Last night I learned the hard way. I ran across a lady that people were actually scared to go in her room. She had tried to bite people, spit on them and was in restraints for being combative. The first thing I thought when I heard about her, was Satan had a strong hold on this lady and I didn’t even want to be near her. I knew I had to check on her because that was my job. At first the lady was quiet and didn’t speak, so I tried to quickly do my job and leave the room. Throughout the night, I would go in and ask questions, and leave as quickly as possible.
This morning I recalled the story in the Bible where Jesus had ran across people possessed of devils where he had to cast them out (Luke 8). He cared enough about these people that he did not leave them in their condition, but helped them and clothed them. See Jesus can forgive and save people who are at their lowest in life. We think some people are beyond help and forgiveness to some degree. We try to stay clear of them and talk about how bad a person they are. The thing is that even a person that has done terrible things in life, deserve the gospel to be shared with them. They are loved by God despite their sins. Jesus came to die for the sins of the whole world. He didn’t pick and choose who to love and who to forgive. He loved us all. John 3:16- For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. WHOSOEVER- believeth in him. That means anyone that believes in Christ can be saved. But they need to believe in Jesus and trust in him. They cannot continue in that sin but turn from their sin and repent.
So last night I tried to talk with this lady. She was quiet at first, but as the night went on, she started to listen to me. She said she wanted to change. She knew that she was in a deep state of sin and that she was dying because of that sin. First I was blunt and told her she needed to stop doing drugs, to stop doing things that she knew was wrong. She started to cry and said she had started doing drugs to help with pain. I told her that Jesus could help her. That he could help her to overcome that addiction and save her, but she had to repent and turn from it and ask Jesus for his help. She started to call out and ask Jesus to forgive her. She told me that she used to go to church and that Jesus was mad at her because of the things she was doing. I told her that Jesus can forgive her if she would simply ask him to.
I started to see a change in this lady. I don’t know what her outcome will be. I don’t know if she will stay off the drugs and change her ways, but I did see a change in her last night. It made me realize that NOONE is beyond help and God’s forgiveness. We must never prejudge a person by their condition. We should share that Jesus saves and forgives to all that we run across. Because you may become surprised, like I was.