“My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; 2 Kings 18-19, 2 Chronicles 32, and James 5.
I will assume that we all have family members who have been exposed to the Good News and who have not acted accordingly.
We’re talking good folks who have heard but not believed.
These verses start in a low-key fashion but then get very serious. When it says, “will save them from death,” that’s serious! This isn’t happy or more happy. This is life and death.
How is death involved? Those who do not believe that God took care of their sin problem and live/act accordingly will NOT spend their after-life with God. Their sins will separate them from Him.
Action must be taken by them but how about our part? We MUST also take action to prevent them from a Godless ending. How? By repenting of our relaxed response to their fate. By asking God to intercede in their lives. By asking God to help us understand what we should do to change their thinking and act accordingly.
“As a believer, I have responsibilities. Today’s verses reference action in bringing folks to believing what You have done for them. I want to do that in every situation I am in. I beg for Your firepower to do it right. I beg for a complete dose of Your Holy Spirit on me now so that I will act as You want me to act. I am desperate for You, Father. Help me, I beg.”
Am I concerned about family members who have not believed the Good News? Yes? What am I actively doing about it?