James 5:19-20 (NLT): “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.”
I really like Selwyn’s final comments on James’ letter. Especially, “James draws attention to the fact that the main business in which the Christian community should be engaged as they wait for and look towards Jesus’ second coming, is helping those who have been spiritually hurt and encouraging them back on to the Christian path.
… He is saying that if a Christian friend stumbles, through unbelief or despondency, they will never be brought back by criticism or by an attitude of self-righteousness. Your effectiveness at restoring them will depend on the extent to which you allow God’s principles to work in your own life.”
Put another way, your effectiveness in God’s harvest field (your ability to love others, as God loves you) depends on the extent you allow (by faith) the power of the Holy Spirit to work through you. Do you agree?