James – Friday, April 10
My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
It’s important to be perfectly clear about this point: it’s possible for a true believer to wander from the truth (cf. Matthew 24:4, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Corinthians 15:33, Galatians 6:7, Colossians 2:8).
The Greek word for “wander” is planao, which also means to be deceived, seduced, or to go astray. When a believer wanders from the truth, it’s vital to bring him back. When he’s brought back, he’s brought back to the truth! Therefore, one’s relationship to the truth is the issue. This implies that there is such a thing as objective, verifiable truth.
The opposite of truth is lies. Living according to lies produces death (spiritual, emotional, and perhaps even physical). Living according to truth produces life. Many sins are avoided when one errant believer comes back to his senses and resumes believing and living the truth that is in Christ.
Daily Devotional Book • James Application Questions
1. Who do you know right now that is in danger of wandering from the truth? Jot down their name(s) as the Lord brings them to your mind.
2. Take the time right now to pray the Lord’s prayer. Focus particularly on “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Pray for the kingdom of God to come to those you’ve listed in question #1. Thank God for hearing your prayer.
3. As you pray for them begin asking the Lord what He would have you do to help bring him/her back.