After we have lived life for a while, it is very possible that we may feel guilt or worry for a fellow Christian or friend–like it is our responsibility to make sure that they’re keeping up on the right path. We may think that they took the wrong turn in life because we weren’t watching over them enough or we didn’t pray for them enough. However, we must accept that each man has his own free will to do what he pleases, whether or not we are there in his life.
And while it is true that we need to be there to encourage and support our fellow Christians and friends, we must not beat ourselves up for the other person’s decisions. Yes, we want the best for that person, but not to the point that we should try to control the other person’s actions.
Sometimes God has different plans for different people. Some involve a person having a steadfast and righteous life, and others allow the person to fall away for a little while–allowing that person to come back to God. No matter how a person lives his life, what is most important is that we pray for that person. For, in the end, it isn’t how we intervened but how God intervened.
We were called to live in freedom, not in guilt.