Scripture: Genesis 19:2
“’My lords,’ he said, ‘please turn aside to your servant’s house.’”
Lot offered the two men (angels) room and board. The other men of the town just wanted to take advantage of them.
When the angels refused Lot’s hospitality, he insisted strongly enough to convince them to stay with him. When the men of the town didn’t get their way right away, they also insisted, so strongly that they threatened to break into Lot’s house and beat him.
Both parties were persistent. Are you? If you offer to help someone, and they refuse, do you let the matter drop or do you follow up with another offer?
We need to give people the freedom to make their own choices, as God does with us. But God also always extends grace to us again at the next available opportunity. How can you extend an offer to help someone after they’ve refused you before? How can you gently insist so that they know you know you’re sincere in your desire to help them and not simply being polite?
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