We Are Called to Step In!

One of the greatest tools a Christian has in defeating sin, is the life of another Christian. Sometimes we can think that it is none of our business if another person chooses to sin. They think they are being judgmental if they confront or address someone’s sin. The world around us tells us not to get involved, but inaction doesn’t allow us to be an effective brother or sister in Christ.
As Christians we are aware that sin brings horrible consequences, even death. (Rom. 6:23) We understand sin destroys relationships, marriages, and has the power to steal peace or joy. When we see someone wandering from the truth in to sin and error, what are we to do? Lets’ look at Jesus for our example. First, he wept with a broken heart over those in sin and far from truth (Matt. 23:37-39). Second, He prayed for others not to fall to sin (Jn. 17) Then, He warned many who were heading toward spiritual failure (Matt. 26:20-25). Finally He was willing to step in and die in order to save others from sins consequences and to offer a better way. So, Jesus didn’t stand by idle, He took an active role in turning others from sin toward God.
“Minding your own business” may save you from some hardship but it will not help a brother or sister in need. If you truly understand the serious consequences facing those who practice sin, you can’t stay by idle. It is our duty and calling to weep over, pray for, and even confront and keep accountable those who have fallen into a life of sin. James reminds us how important this is as a Christian: My brothers, if any among you strays from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his life from death and cover a multitude of sins. (Jam. 5:19-20)
In His Service,
Eric Barnes