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Do you know someone in a downward spiral?

You may feel like giving up. You may feel like you’ve recited so many Bible verses, if they don’t get it by now, oh well.

I know how that feels, and truth is, sometimes I don’t get it either. Hello plank in my own eye.

Yet, our own shortcomings aside, we feel compelled to save, fix, and resolve. We love that word resolve, don’t we?

Resolve in music means the note that makes the piece sound finished.

Take the song Jesus Loves Me. At the end of the song, it goes “yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so.” When you hit that last note on “so” the tune resolves.

What if the song ended at me? It would sound unfinished, unresolved.

We want to be that note, don’t we? That final note that resolves everything. Well we’re not meant to be that note. Jesus is that note.

The cross resolved the sin of the world, and the final resolve was His resurrection. He did it all for everyone. He is our note, our resolve.

It’s a sweet, sweet song, and we need to sing it for others. Even if we can’t carry a tune, we can sing His gospel, so the ends of the earth will hear it.

He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:3

That downward spiral? We can’t resolve it. We need to stop taking responsibility for it. Yet, if the song feels unfinished, unresolved, we can keep singing until others start singing it too.

We also have to realize, some won’t feel like singing.

That’s the Holy Spirit’s job. He gives us the voice, and opens the ears of the hearers. But He won’t make them sing, because they have to choose. Let’s love them through it, and allow the compassion to flow.

It’s like when you hear a song you love, and you want the entire world to love it too.

Well, not everyone will love it. And we don’t get that do we? Why don’t they love it?

For some, it sounds like noise. For others, although they may not instantly love it, it will grow on them. Then it will grow in them.

It reminds me of that old Coke commercial, “I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony….” If you don’t know it, you can google it.

We need to teach the world to sing, one person at a time.

It’s not us who stops a downward spiral, but Christ in us.

Pray for direction, because what we enable may actually disable.

Hang on to faith, and keep praying and interceding on their behalf. I have a feeling they’re counting on us, even when we’re ready to throw in the towel.

Seek wise counsel for serious situations needing professional intervention. When we are over it, it may be because it’s over our heads. We need boots on the ground to fight spiritual battles. Armor up, and put out the prayer warrior call.

We are not alone.

We want what’s best for others, but God knows what’s better. Let’s trust Him with the resolve, while we seek which note we need to play next.

Be encouraged, and never stop singing. Our note of resolve is Jesus, and His love song is our saving grace.

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