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Rev. E. Anderson

INACTION CAN BE SIN

Senior Living Ministries

“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins” – James 4: 17

Have you ever been in a situation and known the right thing to do, but just didn’t do it? If so, you’re not alone! Most of us can probably relate to this scenario.

The Scriptures clearly show us what actions are sin. But how do we know when inaction becomes a sin? Well as believers, we all know the difference between right and wrong. And it’s not enough to just avoid sinning. We are commanded to pursue righteousness and justice. You’ve heard the term “half-truth” before. Half-truths are telling the truth without telling the whole truth. Thus, you can omit certain information without actually lying. But this is precisely what James is talking about. Some people say that a half-truth is actually a half-lie. I think they’re on to something.

There are many times in our lives when we’re faced with difficult situations. But we do not have the luxury of burying our heads in the sand or looking the other way and pretending we don’t see what’s before us. Friend, you and I must do what is right, even when no one is looking, and even when it might cost us something!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Ask God for courage to do what is right, even when it is difficult.

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