All of our sins were paid for over 2,000 years ago. We have ALL been forgiven of them; past, present, and future. We just have to believe that Jesus did that for us. Most of us know this, right? Well today I was reading in James chapter 5. Verse 20 says, “you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins.”
My first thought was that something is wrong here, because WE can’t bring forgiveness to anyone. Jesus already did that. However, I know that the Bible is never wrong so I knew I just had to ask God what I wasn’t understanding. I looked up other versions and several of them said, “save their soul from death.” (which is their mind, will, emotion, and conscience). So what I believe God was saying was that when someone returns to a sinful lifestyle, we are to remind them of who they are in Christ. Let them know they have been forgiven, helping them to restore their mind.
We have a really hard time forgiving ourselves when we mess up and the enemy likes to take that and run with it. Once someone returns to a sinful lifestyle, we believers should help guide them back and help them realize who they are. We should be reminding them that ALL their sins have been forgiven; past, present, and future. If not, they may feel like they’ve already failed God and that there’s no way they could ever get back to the path laid out for them.
Maybe YOU are the one who has strayed off this path and feel like you’ll never find your way back or that God is so disappointed with you, you just can’t face Him again. Stop letting the devil lie to you. You are LOVED, you are FORGIVEN, and though you may feel like you ran away from God, He has never left YOU!
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” – Luke 15:31-32