Saturday, March 12, 2016
How to Cure the Crazies
I suggest that if someone is acting crazy, the best thing you can do is not to correct his behavior with a scolding, but to help awaken his faith in God, who has made him a son. Instead of giving him restrictions, assist him toward revival. When our faith is dormant or sickly, who looks particularly good? You know how that feels, you know how that goes, right? Well, what revived you? What’s needed is the truth about the mercy, grace and goodness of God.
Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-- this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Italics mine.)
Without the proper “view of God’s mercy,” nobody rightly offers his body and nobody has any particular reason to worship, no matter how we might scold him. Build him up! Give him reasons to worship by giving him a new view of God’s mercy. In other words, put some wood on the inside fireplace of his heart. Tell him what Jesus did to him and for him in making him holy, pure, forgiven, cleansed, secure and safe in God, no matter his crazy behavior, and watch his mind begin to turn toward the truth that revives and away from the lies that have been crippling him and affecting his behavior. Hang in there, because it might take a little while. In my experience, crazy creeps up on us, and takes a while to creep away.
Help him, help your friend to see again by assisting him to the truth that renews. He will come to his senses through your care, and rest again in the good, pleasing and perfect will of God.
(This is a transcript of yesterday’s video, “How to Cure the Crazies,” and is for those who might rather read than watch. To see the video and more than 100 others, go to my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/IkLZm-wi9RU.)