The Chains of Sin

Taken from sxc.hu Creadit goes to sundstorm

James 5:19-20 – Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

 
I came across this while reading my Bible this morning.  Look at it.  It doesn’t say unbeliever, it says sinner.  We as Christians are supposed to not have sin predominate our lives.  Certainly, we shall sin, for “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.  But we are supposed to leave off our habitual sin.
 
Ephesians 4: 22-24 – that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
 
unfortunately, this isn’t a one time thing.  Every day we have to make an effort to put aside our sinful nature.  Everyday we are going to struggle with temptations and lusts.  But we need to cast of the chains of sin that can pull us down away from God, and we need to put on righteousness and holiness.
 
Look at this verse too.  TRUE righteousness and holiness.  Not just our outward actions – actions we might do so that we look good in the sight of others – but our inward thoughts as well.  We are supposed to have a real righteousness and holiness, not just a mask of them that the world sees.
 
Make an effort.  Because it’s good in God’s eyes, because it’s good for our lives both spiritually and physically, and because as Christians, it’s really our only choice.
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  1. #1 by Alex on April 28, 2010 - Wednesday, April 28, 2010

    I think I agree. But I just wanted to say, habitual sin in the life of a Christian is an oxymoron:

    1 John 3:6 – “No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.”

    But we still sin:

    1 John 1:8-10 – “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.”

    As for James 5:19-20, I think it is wondering from the gospel or from Jesus (John 14:6 – “I am the … truth … “). This is also likely because it says he will save his soul from [eternal] death. James might be referring to professing Christians who aren’t truly Christians and/or true Christians.

    Partly my thoughts, partly Matthew Henry’s Commentary: http://biblecommenter.com/james/5-19.htm

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