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WHEN LIFE FALLS APART ... DON'T
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by MARTIN WILES

PLEASE WELCOME

MARTIN WILES

TO

DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY

 

I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.

Romans 7:19 NLT

Everything was going well, until…

Carlton appeared to have it all—a good job, a loving wife, great kids. Everything seemed to work in his favor until they moved to a different city close to his brother-in-law—who was a drug addict. One day, in a moment of temptation, Carlton’s brother-in-law offered him a little cocaine, and Carlton took it.

He was hooked.

Carlton couldn’t get enough of his new friend. He loved him so much that he spent his entire paycheck to get more time with him, leaving his family with no money for bills or groceries. Even Carlton’s paycheck couldn’t cover his desire for more of his addiction. When he needed more but didn’t have the money, he decided to rob two stores. Of course, the police quickly apprehended him and incarcerated him.

All through Carlton’s ups and downs, his wife and kids loved him. He eventually reformed…somewhat…but every now and then, he found himself returning to his old friend. Carlton’s life ended tragically one night when he ran off the road and wrecked. I performed his funeral and watched as his wife and family grieved over his death.

I had known Carlton for many years before his addiction. He was a good guy who allowed an addictive substance to ruin his life and the life of his family. But I’m no different. Nor was Paul. Paul was a believer and a great missionary, but he struggled to do the right thing. According to his own confession, he often failed to do the good things he intended.

Because of our sinful nature, we can do unimaginable things. God understands our sinful nature—but doesn’t excuse our actions. The first step of deliverance entails confessing our sins to Him and then turning away from them. Then, we need to forgive ourselves so we can get on with life and with God’s plan. One slip-up doesn’t make us failures or mean God can’t use us anymore. If our sin becomes an addiction, we may need professional help.

We also need to forgive others who find themselves in untenable situations.

Except for God’s grace, we could be where they are. We can pray for them and support their recovery from failure—without enabling them. Love doesn’t necessarily mean agreement or approval.

When someone’s life falls apart, rather than gossip about them or turn your back on them, help them put it back together. After all, that someone could be you.

ABOUT MARTIN WILES

Martin Wiles lives in Greenwood and is the founder of Love Lines from God. He is a freelance editor, English teacher, minister, and author who serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions and as a proof-editor for Courier Publishing. He is the author of six books and has been published in numerous publications. His most recent book, A Whisper in the Woods: Quiet Escapes in a Busy World, released in December 2019.

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ABOUT A WHISPER IN THE WOODS

A Whisper in the Woods: Quiet Escapes in a Noisy World was birthed from Martin Wiles' numerous treks with his two children and his middle brother in mountainous areas on the eastern coast of the United States. Through these hiking and camping experiences, God taught him valuable lessons that have seen him through many difficult life experiences.

Martin's weekly devotionals found in A Whisper in the Woods take the reader out of the noise that often accompanies living in this world and into the quiet escapades of wooded areas where the voice of God is more clearly heard.

As you walk with Martin through the mountain valleys and over the high summits, you too will hear God whisper words of comfort to you.

Buy links:

A Whisper in the Woods: Quiet Escapes in a Noisy World https://www.amazon.com/Whisper-Woods-Quiet-Escapes-Noisy/dp/1620208652

Grits & Grace & God https://www.amazon.com/Grits-Grace-God-Heaven-Southern/dp/1645261379

Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church https://www.amazon.com/Grits-Gumbo-Going-Church-Martin/dp/1798510375

 

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