SOAP Devotional 2014-03-20
Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer
My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back from wandering will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins. (James 5:19, 20 NLT)
If someone wanders away from the truth to walk back in sin and they are brought back from their wandering, will be saved from death but the brother or sister that reaches them and they will be forgiven of many sins.
If we see a brother or sister wandering away from walking in the holiness standard we were called to live, we need to do everything we can to help bring them back. Sometimes it involves confronting their sin. We may be accused of judging them when we do, but it is worth it if we can save them from spiritual death. The truth is, scripture teaches that a person can wander away and the end is spiritual death. We need to reach those who have wandered away just as much as we need to reach the lost. It is just as important.
Father, do not let me lose focus and forget to help those who have strayed away to come back into right standing with you. Do. to let me get so busy reaching the lost and discipline others that I forget about our wounded and hurt brothers and sisters.