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Believers who backslide don’t need our judgment. What they really need is our love. And love doesn’t expose sin. Love covers it. And we need to understand that’s what people need. In Luke 22:31, Jesus told Peter that he was going to backslide and fall. But also Jesus said He had prayed for Peter, that his faith would be strong. So, following Christ’s example, we should pray for and encourage our brothers and sisters who are struggling.
Pastor James Ford Jr. has been the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, located on the south side of Chicago, Ill., for over 35 years. He also serves as the president of Impact Ministries, an outreach ministry committed to strengthening families in the South Shore community of Chicago.