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How Do I Save My Family? I was wondering, how do I save my family?


Steve Answers:

You don't save your family; Christ does. And you can't make your family choose to be saved. According to Deuteronomy 24:16, children and parents are responsible for their own decisions relating to whether or not they are saved. In other words, your family members have to choose for themselves, just as you do.

But that probably misses the crux of your question. I doubt if you're looking for someone to blame if your family isn't saved. More than likely the real issue is that you really want your family to be saved, so you want to do whatever it takes for that to happen.

Deuteronomy 4:9 and Deuteronomy 6:5-9 command parents to teach their children about God. But even teaching children about God doesn't guarantee they will choose God for themselves. The Old Testament ends with a promise that God will turn the hearts of the parents to their children and vice versa (see Malachi 4:6). Your concern for your family reminds me of this promise.

I also think of the image of the new earth, where "the wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat . . . and a little child will lead them" (Isaiah 11:6). I smile as I realize that many who will be in heaven will be there because they followed a young person to Jesus.

What can you do to save your family?

1. Pray for them to choose Jesus for themselves.
2. Choose Jesus for yourself and live for Him.
3. Talk to your family members (honestly, sincerely, kindly) about your concern for their salvation.
4. Invite them to accept Jesus (as their Saviour).
5. Listen to their response(s).
6. Honor their choice.
7. Never give up.


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