You cannot save people, you can only love them. (Anais Nin, 20th century essayist)

Nin is thinking not about physical rescue, because it is possible to save someone’s life, and we rejoice when we hear of it happening. She is more likely thinking of our inability to change the character and persona of someone who seems to be beyond help. It’s a spiritual question, and we have to look beyond the physical and emotional to offer permanent help.

If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it… For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost. (Luke 9:24; 19:10)