Have you ever seen a mature believer or church leader go off the rails and wondered how it was possible?
The reality is that as God's people, we all hear two voices—the voice of the Savior and the voice of sin. Which means all of us are just one voice away from doing good or doing harm.
So how do you respond when someone you know and love listens to the wrong voice?
First, thank God for His work in your life—acknowledging that it's only His grace that sustains you. Then pray He'll work through you so you only follow His voice and resist the voice of sin. Let's not give the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:27).
And second, extend grace to the one ensnared by sin—speaking the truth in love and encouraging them that there is no sin that can't be forgiven and nothing could make God love them less. As Paul urges, If someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently (Galatians 6:1).
Friend, we are all just one voice away from choosing to follow the wrong voice. But Christ in us will prompt us to hear and listen to His voice alone. And this is the good news we can share with our brothers and sisters in Christ to help them do the same.