Psalm 32:1-5: “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. 5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.”
In each of the cases that I mentioned yesterday, each person’s emotions should have brought him or her to repentance to Christ so that they could receive the wonderful gift of forgiveness of sins!!! Their primary diagnosis should have been “unbeliever” and then a secondary diagnosis of “bipolar” or “borderline” could have been given.
Then, someone could have shared the very “good news” of the Gospel with these persons to “treat” this primary diagnosis; explained why they felt the “out of control” emotions; and then led them to Christ for eternal life. Sadly, to my knowledge, none of these situations resulted in salvation for the unbeliever because sins were never confessed – instead, the sinful choices and thinking were excused.
The unbeliever’s real condition, a spiritual condition, was left undiagnosed.
Again, I think you can see how difficult our work at TIL is and how we need your prayers that God would remove the blinders from people’s eyes so that they can confess and forsake their sins to receive the wonderful blessing of forgiveness of sins! It is the power of the Holy Spirit that changes hearts and causes the spiritually blind to see. He uses us to speak through so that the truth in love is delivered to the blind so don’t miss your opportunity to share the good news of Christ and the remission of sins with unbelievers!
You can also see how rewarding our work is when someone comes to know Christ as Lord and Savior!
—Mark (thankful to get opportunities to share the Gospel with unbelievers who often go “undiagnosed”)