“For we know that our old self
was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,
that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been
set free from sin.” – Romans 6:6-7, NIV
Risa spent years watching her
brother and her sister-in-law make poor choices. Eventually, their party
lifestyle led both to a serious drug addiction. Although the couple had
children, their addictions meant they rarely stayed employed
After watching them continue
to make destructive choices, Risa turned away from her brother and his wife.
She couldn’t bear to see the destruction and chaos any longer.
Risa’s parents stepped into
raise their grandchildren, getting permission to become their legal guardians.
They cared for them as if they were new parents again. They provided for their
But they never gave up hope on
Risa’s brother or his wife. Eventually, the couple accepted Jesus as their
Savior. The two began making changes in their life and getting sober together.
It can be heartbreaking to
watch family members make the same bad decisions again and again. But that
doesn’t mean you have to give up on them. Jesus is still in the business of
setting people free! That means there’s still hope for the prodigal in your
God, help me. It makes my heart ache to see (loved one’s
name) make unwise choices. But this person is precious to You, God. Please work
a miracle in their life. Set them free! I ask this in the name of Jesus, the
Eternal One who can completely heal and restore.
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