Thursday, December 31: James 5- Helping people who stumble and fall.

Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins (20).

The last word of James’ letter is one of spiritual care, spoken not to religious authorities but to the church as a whole. Watch out for one another. Care for one another.

None of us are perfect. Any of us could slip into spiritual error or sinful ways. None of us are above or beyond a fall. And any one of us could be God’s agent of restoration, bringing back a fallen sister or brother from the brink.

The military has a saying, “leave no one behind.” Jesus taught about leaving the 99 and going in search of the one lost sheep.

James is reminding us to care of our brothers and sisters. To constructively intervene when we can because our words of life spoken under the guidance of the Holy Spirit can restore when spoken at the right moment.

Care for one another. Help one another. Look out for one another. Be kind toward one another. Speak truth in love to one another… these are a few thoughts that break into my soul this morning as I spend time with my Lord and His Word.

How did they speak to you?

Lord, I am part of a body of Believers who are to care for one another and love one another. Help me and all my sisters and brothers to get to the finish line together because we cared for and even restored one another along the journey of faith here on this side of eternity. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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