The Sin of Inaction

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.-James 4:17

I have always wondered what it would be like to stick a key into a light socket. Don’t worry I’m not going to try it, I just wonder what would happen.

That was always one of the things we were told not to do as kids, and to the best of my knowledge, none of us ever did it. At least it never happened when I was around.

God’s commandments which prohibit certain behaviors and actions are a lot like the rule that kept us from probing electricity with a key – they are there to protect us. But, a lot of people look at the Ten Commandments” and think as long as I do/don’t do those, I’m good.

But, here in the book of James we find a powerful statement that makes our 10 “Do’s and Don’ts” approach to our relationship with God insufficient.

You see, God doesn’t want us walking around just avoiding things to stay on His good side. He calls and compels us to be actively, passionately living out a life which demonstrates to others our love for Him and His love for them.

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