How to control sin
James 5:19-20 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 will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins. (New Living Translation)
We live in a valley surrounded by dense bush covered hills and right now as I type this reflection, one of the hills is on fire. Helicopters buzz overhead dumping water as flames leap high consuming the bush before it. A fire truck has just raced past our house as a precaution. Thankfully the wind is pushing the fire in the other direction away from the houses out into open countryside, but every few moments I pause typing and check all the same. (This sort of event is very good for my prayer life!) And then I read this final part of the amazing book of James.
I am a sinner, no question. I struggle with sin on a daily basis, sinful feelings and thoughts burn through my life like the fire on the hill. And in reading James 5:19-20 I realise the utter importance of not allowing that sin to overtake my life, for that fire to rage out of control. It will cause destruction and pain not just in my life but those dearest to me.
Seeking forgiveness is like vast amounts of water that dampen the bush and extinguish the fire. And I readily come before the Lord and accept that forgiveness – Praise God!!
But once the fire is contained there is a need to clean up the surrounding bush, to build fire breaks, areas of clear land to prevent future fires spreading quickly. In the same way it isn’t just a matter of seeking forgiveness, but of making changes in my life to assure the sinful practice or thoughts don’t continue. What do I need to remove? What do I need to clean out of my life to make sure I am not tempted again?
Lord I praise you for this awesome James reading, and commit my life to serving you.
Praise you Lord Jesus!!
God bless ya!
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