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But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there.” (Hosea‬ ‭2‬:‭14‬ NLT)

There is a commonly-held belief that shepherds in Biblical times would break the legs of lambs that constantly wandered away. According to the “story”, the shepherd would then set the broken leg and carry the lamb on his shoulders until the leg healed, after which time the lamb would remain by the shepherd’s side for the rest of its life. While there is no way to know for certain what Biblical shepherds did, we do understand its perceived meaning: God longs to help us overcome our own waywardness.

In this text, the Lord is speaking of disciplining Israel, to help her stop running away from Him and doing wrong. It never speaks of forcing change; it must come from a willing heart. What He DOES do is use our own bad decisions as a way of correcting us, not breaking our leg, and appealing to our heart with His own love and graciousness. He desires to win our affection and obedience, not enforcing submission.

God doesn’t have to break my leg when I tend to shoot myself in the foot on a regular basis! But He takes these moments to draw us aside, especially in our times of crisis, to reveal His love and a better way. Choose to be loved and not hard-headed today!

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In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves.” (2 Peter‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Jessica was a beautiful bride and her mother’s joy. But as she began her self-destruction with prescription drugs, it all became a nightmare. Finally, at a place of intervention in Arizona, surrounded by those who love her most, love stepped in and helped Jessica realize her condition and accept help. Today, according to interventionnow.com, she is completely clean, restored, and truly living again.

It is unbelievably hard to watch those you love become a hot mess, making chronically bad decisions and dragging the hearts of those they love into the abyss with them. Sometimes intervention works, but often it doesn’t, not if our “Jessicas” won’t admit to problems or accept help. Yet, our love must be greater than their determination, taking our loved one to the God of all Healing. God can fix what others call hopeless!

The Christ Life isn’t just about you, but also about those around you who need the peace and assurance that we strive to live in. No one knows God’s grace and abilities like you! You are not the Savior, needing to personally reclaim every broken life. But He does work through you. Let God help others through your willing life. You are loved today! Pass it on!