The Spirit of God Himself lives in us. He is our Guide, our Counselor. Yet, He doesn’t judge us; He calls us to a higher, closer walk with Him.
9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel. Pr 27:9
Friends help each other, support each other, and keep each other accountable to God, but they were never meant to take the place of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives. Our role as friends is to point to Him first by staying close to Him ourselves, and second, by directing all questions to Him, both through the Word and to the Word (since Jesus IS the Word, I’m talking about prayer).
Jesus is all about the relationship. He can handle any situation, any struggle, even any sin–as long as the person agrees to remain in the process of sanctification (becoming more like Jesus).
How long does this process take? Our whole lives. Are we willing to give people that amount of time to “get it right?” They can say the same thing to us!
In the meantime, let’s work on encouraging and admonishing each other to follow Christ Jesus ever closer.
22 let us draw near to God [through the Spirit] with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water [a figurative combining of Old Testament sacrificicial cleansing and New Testament baptism]. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful [to make us like Himself]. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day [of His Return] approaching. Heb 10:22-25