Many years ago, I heard a sermon in which the minister gave a detailed description of starving people around the world. When he reached the crescendo point of his sermon, he leaned over the pulpit and said, “Now you people have to do something about this.” I remember walking out of the room feeling guilty but also feeling a bit befuddled because I didn’t know what to do. So many times that’s what we ministers do to people.
We tell them, “You ought to do this or that.” We lay guilt trips on them, but we never show them how to do what we are exhorting them to do.
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If we are not careful, we can do likewise. Laying guilt trips on people.
Instead of leading the way to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, we may drown them to the bondage of condemnation.
Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets.
(2Co 7:10 MSG)