“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 NIV)
Think about the implications of this passage of scripture. James–the brother of Jesus–is reminding us we are brothers and sisters in Christ–when we have accepted the work on the Cross–and we have the ability to bring a person back from the abyss of destruction when we caution, admonish, instruct, and correct based upon the Truth of The Word. When we see sin–we must call it sin–and love the sinner into the knowledge of his/her sins, until they own it and repent. Repentance–a complete turning away from sin–provides them an avenue for new life–in Christ.
We who know Truth, should always speak Truth, whether people like it or not, whether they belittle us or not, whether they believe it or not. If by our words and deeds we demonstrate the love of God in all we say and do, they will see Truth in action. Once they have been exposed to Truth, they become accountable for whether they accept it or not and our job is done–to speak and live Truth.
While I can understand those who are worldly–either not knowing God or not believing Him–it is truly difficult for me to understand why Believers sit silently, unmoved, willing to allow a sinner to suffer the consequences of their actions rather than speak Truth to them. Is it fear or apathy that motivates Believers to remain silent on sin? Are we so caught up in ourselves that we don’t see the need to speak truth and save a person from themselves? Is it enough for us to just think, “As long as I’m saved, what do I have to do with that sinner?”
The same God who loved us enough to die for us to save us from ourselves is the same God who loves all people enough to give us the courage and boldness to expose and reveal sin to all who are influenced by evil, so they too can be saved from the lake of fire. Do we have enough love in us to speak God’s Truth to save another or will we remain silent–ignoring what is right in front of us? Are we not responsible for telling people the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?
If we are truly capable of loving as God does–unconditionally–we have all we need within us to share His truth as He said it. Everything God said is sin, is sin. We cannot sugar-coat sin, gloss over sin, cover up sin–no matter what the label or term used to describe it–if it leads a person to live in opposition to God, it is sin. Every Believer has a responsibility to expose sin for what it is by calling it what it is and then encouraging the sinner to repent–turning away from sin. That is our responsibility. Once we tell people truth, our accountability ends and if they choose to ignore Truth, they are on their own. They are accountable for acceptance of Truth or denying it.
Do we love someone enough today to tell them the Truth–God’s Truth–and help them to see the error of their ways so they, too can spend eternity with Jesus?
I do and I will keep loving enough to keep telling Truth no matter what–until my eyes close for the last time–I will speak God’s Truth and declare what He said: sin is sin and all who sin, must repent, understand the love in the work on the cross, accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, in order to live with Him for all eternity.