This week we learned of the passing of singer/song writer Amy Winehouse. What happened to her is a tragedy because we were robbed of the chance to see her flower in full bloom. Much of what is being reported has been quite critical and condemning regarding her battle with drug & alcohol addiction. It is very easy to look what another person is going through and be critical (especially when it appears the person's own poor decisions lead to their problems). As tempting as it might be, we should not be judgmental. We have no idea what painful life experiences lead this person down this particular path. Furthermore, we cannot say we would never make similar decisions in our own lives.
At times, life can hit us so hard to where we may do and say things we never thought we were capable of doing or saying. Therefore we should never look down at a person who is struggling with addiction or any challenge in life. Instead, we should be merciful and compassionate towards that person. We should be praying for them, asking GOD to help them. Perhaps you have heard the old saying, "There but for the grace of GOD there go I." This well known quote was spoken by an English Evangelical preacher named John Bradford who lived during the 1500s. What John was saying is that I too, like someone who has suffered misfortune, might have suffered a similar fate, but for God's mercy. We never know when such a crisis may hit close to home. You may not be addicted to any drugs, but what if it happens to one of your children, or perhaps another close friend of family member?
Matthew 7:1-2 (NIV)
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
My friends, we should not congratulate ourselves for not suffering a particular tragedy of another. The moment we begin to lift up ourselves we have begun our own path to certain destruction and doom.
Proverbs 16:18 (NIV)
"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."
Therefore let us not be judgmental of Amy Winehouse, or anyone who suffers under any addiction. Instead let us celebrate the musical gift GOD placed inside of her. Let us be thankful that gift was shared with us. Let us pray for her family and friends, that GOD would strengthen and comfort them during this difficult time. Let us pray for those who we know are struggling with addiction, that GOD will heal them of their pain, deliver and restore them to be the whole & beautiful people HE purposefully created them to be. And let GOD be gracious and merciful towards all of us, for there but for the grace of GOD we all go!
I pray these words have been a blessing for you as they are for me (bringing us in closer relationship with our FATHER). Please feel welcome to reply and share your thoughts by posting them here or privately at firstname.lastname@example.org. If this message has touched your heart and you do not know JESUS CHRIST as your Lord & Savior but want HIM in your life you can accept HIM right now wherever you are. Pray this prayer out loud, "Dear GOD, I ask forgiveness for all of my sins. I believe that JESUS CHRIST is your son. I believe that JESUS suffered and died on the cross, was buried, and was resurrected for me. I accept JESUS as my Lord & Savior. Come now and live in my heart. I accept you as head of my life. In the name of JESUS I thank you, Amen."
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