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James

Thsnks for the post!

One passage that has stood out for for me is this one in 2Timothy.

2 Timothy 2:24-26 (NASB)
24 The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,
25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,
26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

Here's where I saw the possibility of God "granting" repentance to a person who is under the influence of another will other than his own. Wrap your head around that and you'll understand that the will of man is an unreliable source of comfort and strength. The will is only set free in Christ. Outside of Christ, the will is in bondage to sin and the devil. The sad part about it is, the poor soul doesn't even recognize the captivity of his own will until the light of Christ exposes it!

So the request still rings true today. May God grant repentance and knowledge to those whose will is captive.

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