Friday, October 17, 2008

James 1:1-4 Part 3

Sins of Others

When Pharaoh(1) refused the release of the Israelites, his entire nation suffered. When the adults of Israel refused to enter the Promised Land, their children had to wander with them for forty years. When the disciples weren’t prayed up the demon possessed boy(2) remained in spiritual bondage. (Until Jesus came, that is.) It is the same with us. When someone steps into sin, it brings grief and hardship to those around him/her. Just ask the betrayed wife, the victims of a drunk-driving accident, the abused child. Our sins affect other people.

Though we can’t control the actions of others, and we often bear the results of their sin, there is great comfort in this promise: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (3)

Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers, was able to declare years later, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (4)

We serve a God Who is more than able to turn tragic situations into beautiful testimonies of His redeeming power.

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