While in college, I heard a motivational speaker who made perfect sense. One of the subjects he addressed was the impact sin has on individuals. However, when addressing this topic you need to be sensitive. People don’t want to be told that they are sinners who are on their way to hell. Rather, people are longing for solutions, cures for a sinful heart.
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness, Hebrews 3:13.
Since I attended this seminar, my perspective changed from an accuser to an encourager. This method is a better approach, opening the door for future conversations or chances to witness to someone in their time of need. Essentially, the average person is an expert at sin. The hard part is waiting for the right setting, finding a common ground. However, what separate the sick from the healthy are those who apply biblical principles by purging sin from their lives.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things, Colossians 3:1-2.
Transformation begins when Christian change their mindset from worldly pleasures toward spiritual desires. The apostle Paul discusses this battle within Romans 8. Thus, as individuals begin to practice the words of Joshua 1:8, meditating on the Bible is like flipping a switch from darkness to light. Although, this is much easier said than done, fellowship, prayer and worship can lay a foundation to insure cures for a sinful heart.
by Jay Mankus