I have been trying to figure out what happened to my dear brother and how he became so entangled in sin that he destroyed the life of his family and his own (you can read about it in my post “Losing my dearest friend.”) Truth is, the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that since the day the enemy sat foot in my brother’s home, he stayed there and made himself comfortable.
Many months have passed and every time I talk to someone who is still in contact with him, I realize with anguish that he has become even more calloused about his sinful life, and more unaware of his need of repentance and change.
Some of us (his family) certainly detected signs of danger about his past life. The TV movies he watched, his confusion about certain doctrines, and more than anything else the company he kept: his unbelieving friends.
This couple seemed to fit perfectly in his family life. They enjoyed financial freedom way above my brother’s family. They were fun to be around. My brother thought he could share with them his faith, and I can witness that he really tried. To every advance in spiritual matters, his friends’ response was cold and uninterested. They didn’t care about God, all they needed was company and friendship and that was what my brother and his family provided for them way too often.
In return, his friend was always there for him. He helped him in every possible way. From the outside It seemed the perfect friendship, because we all forgot what the Bible teaches about it: “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”
We learned in the most painful way that the wife of my brother’s friend had a plan of her own, and that her plan would completely destroy both of their families.
I am not saying that what happened was just this woman’s fault. It certainly takes two to tango, but it was not too hard for a man who was sinking deeper into worldly living every day, like my brother was, to deviate from The Truth. Was he a true Christian? I don’t know. The only thing I know is that if one invites Satan into his house, he is going to take over, and do what he is meant to do, “the thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.”
Please, if you are a true Christian, if you have repented from your sins and have asked God to forgive you, if you have put your trust in the Lord Jesus, don’t invite the enemy into your home. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can hold fire in your hands and not get burned. Do yourself a favor, choose wisely what kind of TV shows and movies you watch; spend time in the Word and in prayer; look for people who can help you grow spiritually; stay away from worldly living, and choose only Christian friends.
Who knows, this advice could save you from a lot of pain…
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