How important is spiritual restoration?

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James 5

19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 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.

There are people we all know who are basically good people. They work hard, they love their families, they are friendly, and might even be our friends. We think well of them and don’t often think of their spiritual needs.   Can someone fit this description and still be wandering away from the truth of salvation?

What about the church member who comes most of the time, is always friendly to us, talks openly about the Lord, but is slowly wandering from the truth of God in their lives? What do we do about them?

James describes anyone who wanders from the truth of God’s word and then uses a generic word, “someone,” to describe anyone who goes after a wandering one in an effort to bring them to salvation from their error. Let me suggest that ‘we’ are that “someone.” We who know the truth and have turned from the error of our ways and have found our sins forgiven at the Cross are to be the “someones” who go after those who are still trapped in error.

Think of those you know who need the Savior. Who is caring for them at that level?   If they won’t listen to you then commit to praying for their salvation. Ask God for His opportunity to point them to Him and to His truth. We who have been converted have the answer for those who are still wandering. Then, when we have the God-given opportunity to point them to Him we will see them saved from eternal death and we will see their sins taken away from them. Their lives will change before our eyes and they will thank God for His grace in bringing us to care for their souls. What a great opportunity we have to help the lost find their way.

Adults, Saturday evening is our annual adult Christmas party at the Molefe’s home. Their address is 5s 746 Timberlane, Naperville. Come at 6:00, bring fingerfood and a white-elephant gift for our exchange. Bring friends and relatives if you can. This is a highlight event of our Christmas season.

 

Then, Sunday morning is our annual Christmas program here at the church. This is always a blessed time of exalting our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Be sure to be on time as you won’t want to miss any of the music or readings that will be presented.

 

Pray for Sandy Saltzman as she is having thyroid surgery today.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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