Posted by: everynation | December 6, 2007

When Someone Lets You Down

by Paolo Punzalan

punzalans1.jpgWhat do you do when someone lets you down?

I spoke to someone recently who was pretty disappointed with a few people. People he had trusted and hoped would walk alongside and help didn’t follow through. People from work, from his neighborhood and yes, even people from church.

When Jesus walked through this planet, he had his share of let downs. In fact, his closest friends whom he spent lots of time with turned their backs on him.

As I said a prayer for him yesterday morning, a couple of things came to mind.

1. BELIEVE THE BEST IN THAT PERSON.

Jesus had no plan B. If the disciples wouldn’t do it, no one else would. He believed in them in spite of their misgivings.

That’s what’s great about Jesus. He didn’t see them for who they were but for who they would become.

If Jesus gave up on me, I would’ve been gone a long time ago.

2. TRUST THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THAT PERSON.

People are people and they make mistakes. We all do. That’s life. But if the Holy Spirit is alive in that person, we can trust Him to do His work and remind, nudge, convict or knock on that person’s heart.

Jesus gave people time to bounce back. He allowed them to make the mistake and then with open arms receive them back. Look at Peter’s life. He outright denied Him. But he came back.

We all are a work in progress. He’s not done with us yet. Not with them and certainly not with us.

There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. (Phil. 1:6, The Message Bible)

Paolo Punzalan overseas more than 700 Kid’s Church volunteers every Sunday at VCF-Fort Bonifacio and is the author of “All About the Next Generation.”

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