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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS


JAMES 5:19-20

19My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

5: 19-20   This passage refers to a believer who has fallen into sin— one who is no longer living a life consistent with Christian beliefs. Many discussions have occurred over whether people can lose their salvation, but all interpreters agree that those who fall away from their faith are in serious trouble and need to repent (see Hebrews 6: 4-7). James urges Christians to help those who have wandered from the faith return to God. By taking initiative, praying for these people, and acting in love, we can meet them where they are and bring them back to God for his forgiveness.

5: 20   The book of James emphasizes faith in action. Godly living is the evidence and result of faith. Believers must serve with compassion, speak lovingly and truthfully, live in obedience to God’s commands, and love one another. The church ought to be an example of heaven on earth, drawing people to Christ through love for God and each other. If we truly believe God’s Word, we will live it day by day. God’s Word does not merely give us something to read or think about but something to do. Belief, faith, and trust must have hands and feet— ours!

Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible.

ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and make sure that we are doing our part in helping those who wander away from the faith, repent and get their life back on track of WALKING WITH JESUS. by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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