“Don’t Count People Out!”

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“Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother,” 2 Thessalonians 3:15, KJV

We all have those acquaintances in life that make us constantly shake our heads, and oh, do we feel like walking out on them, never to return again.  Especially when their behaviors do not line up with our beliefs.  Many of the times one can feel justified in their decision to wash their hands of that relationship and count that person out.  It doesn’t.

I’m so glad God has more patience with us than we have with one another.  In our humanness we are so quick to give up on what we perceive as a lost cause.  Even members of our own family – oh, they may try us, but we can’t write them off.

When Jesus gave the command for His followers to be witnesses for Him in Acts 1:8, the first place that was mentioned was Jerusalem.  Jerusalem was home base.  Jerusalem was where everything started.  He wanted the people “at home” to have first shot of this powerful saving message.  In fact, that’s exactly what happened.  When Peter got up on the Day of Pentecost, and preached Jesus Christ to the people “in Jerusalem,” a mighty thing occurred.  Acts 2:37 boldly tells us the message that was preached was their undoing.  It says, “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (KJV).

That’s a powerful reversal of opinion by those who in verse 23 were accused in the killing of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Bearing with people is not always the easiest thing to do, especially those closest to you.  You know a lot about them and it is sometimes hard to envision a reversal on their part, but can I tell you something, they are still souls before God.

It is easier for us to “go into all the world,” (Mt. 28:19, KJV), then to make disciples out of those closest to us.  Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven,” (KJV).  You might be the only glimpse of what life in Christ could be for them.  But, if you give up on them and count them out, how will they see?

Your patience and attitude toward another could be their deciding factor.  “Count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.”  What if God had given up on us?  Rather, Psalm 103:8-10 tells us, “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.  He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities,” (KJV).  We deserved the worse, but God saved us and gave us the best.  He did not give up on us!

I can readily admit that before my relationship with Christ I was as the young people say, “A hot mess!”  I was “tore up from the floor up,” and any other thing that can be applied.  I was a sinner.  My life was not right.  I was not born a Christian and neither were you.  God has been very patient with us and we should return the favor.

It may be a work in progress for most of us, but at least it’s in progress. Therefore, we don’t have the right to count others out either.  We may have to distance ourselves for a little time, but our love and compassion, and our desire to see them saved should always compel us to “admonish them as a brother.”  People need you today, don’t count them out.  Exhort one another in love.  We need each other so badly to make it through.  Our hearts should yearn to see all saved even when we don’t see it.

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9 thoughts on ““Don’t Count People Out!”

  1. Reblogged this on Word For Life Says . . . and commented:

    Yesterday I found myself at our local Department of Motor Vehicles. Anyone, anywhere who visits these establishments knows that it can be a trying ordeal, especially if it’s the headquarters of the state. Nonetheless, there I was for an extended period of time; it was hot, I was carrying my 2 months old granddaughter and all her supplies in tow, my eleven year old was tagging along, and I was TIRED! But, in the midst of the mess I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the kindness shown by some. Traipsing from building to building and then back again, on two separate occasions, people willingly gave up their seat of comfort for me so that I could rest and hold my granddaughter and feed her.
    Most would not expect such kindness to be shown these days (it’s a rare thing), especially in a place such as Motor Vehicles (that test everyone’s patience); but it was. There are still good people in this mixed-up, modern, hectic, all-for-me-society.
    These events reminded of this post I wrote last year: “Don’t Count People Out!” Though it is coming from a different angle than the Motor Vehicles story, it’s still a great reminder that people need us to have faith in them; people still need us to believe in them and not to give up on them.
    “Don’t Count People Out” is a great reminder that sometimes we have to just look past what we think we see in people and believe more for them.
    Be blessed!

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  2. This is a great message. I love reading through the Old Testament and paying attention to the pursuit of God. He desires for His people to have a relationship with Him and He goes to great lengths to make that happen.

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