“Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy mixed with fear.”
A man was thrown from his horse and landed over the edge of a cliff. His friend reached out his arm to pull him back up, but his arm was not long enough. He then took off his belt and reached it out also, but still could not reach him. He yelled at the man to grab the belt, but he was afraid to turn loose of the rock and grab the belt. The man then lost his grip on the rock and fell to his death. The man had a good grip on the rock for a while, but it was not a place of safety. All he had to do to be saved was to let go and grab hold of the belt, and his friend could have been able to rescue him, but he was afraid and it cost him his life. We can reach out to the lost, those in danger of losing their eternal soul, but it doesn’t do any good unless they reach back. Like the friend, his arm didn’t work so he tried something else. We too, when trying to reach the lost must keep trying to reach them. If one thing doesn’t work, try something else, but no matter what we do, they have to let go of whatever they are holding on to, and grab hold of the grace that is being extended to them. For some to turn loose it takes fear; fear of death, fear of losing their family, fear of going to hell, etc. For some it may only take compassion to make a difference, but whatever it takes to see them saved, we must be willing to do. Keep trying until something works. We can’t just walk away from a soul hanging in the balance; hanging between safety and eternal danger. Dear ones, keep reaching, keep trying until something works. Don’t give up and don’t be pulled down.
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
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