Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and covers a multitude of sins. James 5:19 NKJV
Is it worse to wander away from Jesus or place a stumbling block in the path of a person who has? Is it a bigger sin to wander away from Jesus or sit in self-righteous judgment of someone who has? Is it worse to sin or turn your back on someone who sins?
These questions completely miss the point just as many of us do every day!
The verses right before these are about meeting specific needs. They tell us what to do when we suffer and when we are sick. They tell us what to do when we sin. They describe the incredible power and authority God gives us to pray for each other!
God wants us to know we can help people turn back to Jesus. That does not happen when we make it harder for people to repent. It does not happen when we judge people as if we are better than them. It does not happen when we walk away from people!
Our words and actions carry the power of life and death. We can speak blessings or curses. We can pray or lash out. We can accept or reject people with our hands and feet. We can embrace and carry other people, or we can walk away and discard each other.
God’s love compels us to love Him. God’s love draws us to Him. Jesus expresses and reveals His love through other people!
There are times when we need to speak the truth to people who sin. It must be done in love. It must be done to draw people back to Jesus!
If you have wandered from the truth turn your heart back to God. Jesus is waiting for you with His loving arms wide open. Jesus will not condemn you. Jesus will receive you with joy and thanksgiving!
If you know someone who has wandered away from the Lord speak the truth to them in love. Tell them Jesus never stopped loving them. Tell them they have the power to turn away from sinful behaviors back to faith in Jesus!
There are consequences for sin, but Jesus will be with us as we walk out our repentance.
Everyone makes mistakes. They are part of living in a fallen world in fallen bodies. That is not an excuse for sin. It is encouragement to turn back to the one who took your sin upon Himself.
Turn a sinner from the error of His or her way. If you have a need ask someone to pray for you. If you know someone with needs prayer do not wait. Pray right now!
Turn a wandering soul back to the truth. Jesus covers every sin under the sun every
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