Infections are a bad thing. Recently my Mom fell and ended up with an infection in her arm. Because of that she was in the hospital for a few days. Luckily we live in a time that many infections can be healed with medicine. However, there is another type of infection that medicine won't do anything for...sin!
Last night I spent a few hours with someone that is totally infected. So deep in the sins of this world that the only thing that will help is a real miracle. He needs God...to give His heart to Jesus...to be healed from the infection in his mind and his heart. Unfortunately, this person doesn't see a need at all, to change. He has been totally immersed in what he thinks is the pleasures of this life for 30 plus years and is totally deceived.
Where I find myself sitting today...in the midst of this and more...I opened my Bible to try to find some focus. This is what I read....
New Living Translation (NLT)
The Futility of Pleasure
2 I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. 2 So I said, “Laughter is silly. What good does it do to seek pleasure?” 3 After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. And while still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. In this way, I tried to experience the only happiness most people find during their brief life in this world.
My study Bible says this about vs. 2-3...
"Laughter and wine" have been means of searching for happiness for many people since the beginning of human existence, but the Teacher learned very quickly that such happiness was temporary and thus "foolishness."
This is my brother trying to cheer himself...but it's not working and never will. In the midst of his futility....he causes much pain too himself and others. Situations in his life are getting worse which is causing more pain in the life of those around him. His life has lost all happiness. I am at a loss for any answers as to what to do. This whole situation is going to take a "But GOD" moment!
The infection of sin touches the lives of all that are connected. The thing is...we all have to choose to not be overcome by the infection in another persons life. Only the Lord can take care of this. He can change minds and hearts. When people are immersed in so many different types of sins infection, only the Lord can help.