At the very end of his letter, James shows appreciation for a Christian who brings back a brother or sister who has wandered from the truth…
let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:20)
There may be times when we must lovingly confront a fellow Christian who has fallen into sin. If a Christian friend has wandered away from the Lord, and we bring them back, we will spare them from more of God’s discipline. We may even save them from an early death, and they will be forgiven for their sins.
I believe we need to get much better in the Church at lovingly confronting sin! We are too afraid of offending people, so we don’t speak up.
I think I have mentioned before how to know when to keep quiet, and when to speak up: If someone is doing something, and the Bible does not address it specifically, we need to mind our own business. To speak up would be judging – not to mention meddling! However, if someone is doing something that the Bible clearly says is wrong, we should be confronting that person, but it should be done in a gentle and loving way.
I will warn you that if you obey this passage, you may lose some friends. People don’t want to hear that they are doing wrong – not even in the church! However,the Church is a hospital. That is where we go to learn the truth about our condition. That is where we get the necessary treatment for our condition, so that we can get better. The pastor should not be the only one treating the patients. We should be ministering to each other in the church, helping each other get stronger in the faith!
That is why we have spent the last 108 days taking A Journey in James. We live in a broken world, and to navigate through it well, we need to have a faith that works.
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:17)
We are NOT saved by works! We are saved by a faith that works!
But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22)
Time is short, and we live in crucial days for the preaching of the Gospel. It is time to take a stand for Christ. It is time to practice what we preach. It is time to put our Faith in Action!
Today’s Good News is that faith in Jesus is a Faith in Action!
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
If you are joining us part way through this Journey in James, you can access the devotionals you have missed in the archives. (The series started on June 1.)
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