Followers of Jesus sometimes can be judgmental of those who struggle with sin. Wickedness in this world becomes something we believe that we as believers must stamp out through sheer force of will alone. We can become separated from the world as people who believe we are better than, holier than, greater than. However, Jesus serves as our example of how we deal with wickedness, waywardness and the lost. We give our lives for them. We too are lost sheep who have been found by Christ and the wickedness of others should not lift us up or separates us; but should draw us down into prayer. Charles Finney said this:
“Sometimes the conduct of the wicked drives Christians to prayer, breaks them down, and makes them sorrowful and tender-hearted, so that they can weep day and night, and instead of scolding the wicked they pray earnestly for them. Then you may expect a revival. Indeed, it is begun already. ”
Where has the revival that Finney spoke of begun? In our own hearts that experience the true love of God, the true love of Jesus. Until Christians begin to break for the broken we will not be as Christ who gave his life for us, the lost.
Have you been broken down by your sorrow for the lost?
Will you pray for a revival in your own heart?