I’m listening to Keith Green’s “When I hear the praises start” and a thought struck me that at least some of my tears when I meet Jesus will be because some people chose to be left behind. One person I love said that if I am going to talk about Jesus with them I can’t talk about any of my experience with Jesus. They have essentially said, “I don’t want to talk about Jesus with you.” And I have honored that. One of the first things Jesus taught me when he was drawing me with chords of loving-kindness was He will not force anyone to love Him. In fact, love cannot be forced. Jesus respects the one I love and their right to choose even if they choose to reject Him. This is hard. And I cannot think about it long.
God has given me the solution: I can pray for them. Lord, would you create the circumstances the one I love needs to see your love clearly and completely. Fight for them dear Jesus. They are hurt, give them healing from your hand. They fear to love again, help them know you are faithful and true, the only one who is. They have lost at love so many times they protect themselves with a bitter and cynical spirit. Absorb their attacks and let them know you will absorb more, infinitely more, until they realize you will never leave them. When satan reminds them of their sins, remind them their sins have been more than paid for by you, specifically for them. Lord, do not give them rest until they know how much you love them, that you love them just the way they are, that you will never leave them if they want you in their life, you are theirs for the taking.