James 5:19-20 – Returning to the Truth

James 5:19-20

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

James closes with this final thought.   It is perhaps his real reason for writing in the first place.  He wants to help bring people back who have wandered away from the truth.  James has been concerned about those whose faith might have wavered during times of difficulty.  He wants to help correct a wrong that many people were not helping the less fortunate.  James also addresses the abuses of those who have money – particularly those who appear to love it.

We have a responsibility to our fellow Christians to help them walk the Christian walk.  This doesn’t mean that we are to nitpick every little thing that they do wrong.  We aren’t perfect and even though we strive to be we can’t hold others to a standard that we don’t reach.  Instead we should build each other up and encourage one another.  Sometimes this means that we must teach someone the error of their ways but mostly this means that whatever we do, we do in love for another person.

James hits on topics hard because he wants people to correct the wrongs in their life.  We should approach our lives the same way.  When there is garbage to be cut out of our life we shouldn’t waste time, we should do it immediately.

And the same goes for helping other people reach their spiritual maturity.  Today is the day to reach out to others who need help, not tomorrow.  As James previously taught, tomorrow is not guaranteed so we should do all that we can for the Lord today.

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