Never, ever give up on the people you’re praying will start walking with Jesus. Even after facing rejection after rejection from the Jewish people, the Apostle Paul never gives up hope that his Israelite friends can be saved.
It’s interesting that in Romans 8:35, Paul lists affliction and distress and persecution and famine and nakedness and danger and sword in answer to the question, “Who can separate us from the love of God?” You normally wouldn’t think of those things as a “who.” They’re not people, after all. Why not say “what”? Was that a typo?
Trying to tame sin rather than killing it is as silly as people making pets out of predatory animals. Bear taming is not just an unusual hobby like stamp collecting. And sooner or later, bears do what bears do. Just like sin will do what sin does.
We were no more worthy of this message than anyone around the world—but God blessed us with it, and with the privilege of hearing the gospel comes the responsibility of spreading the gospel. To not be obedient to that command is stealing.
Many Christians believe that if we live like we are supposed to, we can avoid—or at least minimize—suffering. A related assumption is that life will, one way or another, inevitably turn out positive. The Bible offers a different approach. Rather than assuring God’s children that life will be free from suffering, Scripture actually promises suffering.
Salvation through Jesus Christ does not distinguish by ethnicity, economic background, education level, religious history, or moral blamelessness. Everyone who calls on God’s name will be saved.