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Do you think some people are just destined to be bad, and no matter what happens they'll always do what's wrong? I'm a policeman, and I've often wondered about this because it seems like I keep seeing the same people over and over.


A:

On the surface, it certainly may seem this way; a young person who starts out on the wrong road in life often stays on it, at least until something (or someone) intervenes to help them change.

But the Bible reminds us of a very important truth: God is able to change the heart of the most rebellious person, even a hardened criminal. Not long ago, I met the warden of one of our toughest prisons, and I was thrilled by the stories he told of prisoners whose lives had been changed because of their commitment to Jesus Christ.

But it’s true not just with hardened criminals. God is in the business of changing lives — and it happens all the time. Not every person who’s on the wrong road will repent of their sins and follow Christ, but some will. King Manasseh was the most evil ruler God’s people ever had, but eventually he repented of his sins and his life was changed. The Bible says, “The Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea” (2 Chronicles 33:13).

Your work is difficult, and at times I’m sure it’s discouraging. But don’t become cynical, and don’t just focus on those people you can’t seem to help. Instead, see your job as a responsibility from God, and every day ask Him to use you to make a difference in someone’s life. The Bible says, “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise” (Proverbs 19:20).

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2 Comments

  1. Kathleen Bakos says:

    Amen, good or bad, people at the end of the day we are all God’s children I know I try to watch my own actions because none of us are perfect and I always try to treat everyone with kindness. Sure you come across some really negative individuals like they say all you can do is basically stand for who you are under God’s eyes and not to focus on the negative again. We’re all God’s children love each other.. sometimes it’s hard to do LOL

  2. Claribel Santos says:

    It hard to accept evil especially. When it comes from loved one’s. I was given a gift from God to be able to see or opened my eyes allowing me to see a demon right by the side of one of my love one’s. I believe today that God allowed it because that betrayal was going to be strong by one I have loved and protected. Which was set in play to destroy me.. The pain was overwhelming; had God not given me the opportunity to see with my own eyes that demon. I am sure that the pain would have grown into anger even hate. Today all I could do is trust in God and pray for deliverance of my love one. Amen. My faith is that God’s will shall be done. I thank him for his undying love and mercy..