I speak the truth in Christ — I am not lying; my conscience is testifying to me with the Holy Spirit — that I have intense sorrow and continual anguish in my heart. For I could almost wish to be cursed and cut off from the Messiah for the benefit of my brothers, my own flesh and blood. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple service, and the promises. The ancestors are theirs, and from them, by physical descent, came the Messiah, who is God over all, praised forever. Amen.
Paul was of course an Israelite himself who had not rejected the Messiah. And the New Testament is filled with many other Jewish conversions to Christ. This was not enough for Paul though. He craved so much that his blood family become Christians that he almost wishes that he could be cursed for them in their place. Paul knew that this was impossible, yet he had intense sorrow and continual anguish in his heart over the whole thing.
What is your heart toward our unsaved family members? Is it like the Apostle Paul’s? I confess to my shame that my heart does not continually anguish in intense sorrow over the state of their soul. Why is this do you think? It may be because life happens and tomorrow almost always comes. But what if it doesn’t?