I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord, but rather in his conversion that he may live.
This verse is similar to the message from the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It is easy to want to criticize those who do not follow church teachings the way you do, or those who are committing evil acts in their daily lives. What we need to do, instead of being judgmental, is to pray for conversion. Hearts change through the prayers of the faithful. The Lord wants people to change their ways, not to be crushed with misery when they disobey Him. After all, He died for sinners. He loves sinners- not their sins- but the people He created.
“Jesus, friend of sinners Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers Let our hearts be led by mercy Help us reach with open hearts and open doors Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours.”
Think of a person you know who isn’t living a pure and righteous life, and pray for their conversion and openness to the Holy Spirit working in their life. If you can think of any ways you can be a source of God’s love and service to them, reach out. If not, keep them in prayer throughout the rest of this week. They need prayers more than anything.