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.
The Chains of Sin
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.