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Bible Reading: 1 John 5.16-17

If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death. 1 John 5.16-17

As we look at the text, we don’t want to breeze over the fact that there is sin that leads to a quick death, see Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11). However, our focus here points to being in prayer for the sins of more common nature in the life of our fellow believer. We also want to be cognizant that we should continue to take ALL of our sin seriously. Remember, we are the body and the sin of others has a great impact on us as a family of believers.

Pray for fellow believers (and non believers), that they would be burdened enough by their own sin to turn from it and rely on Jesus. May we shift our perspective from being overwhelmed by our sin nature to becoming more and more overwhelmed by the love of God in our lives. As we continue to see sin as a big deal, but God as even greater, we will become more like him.

Finally, as we pray for others may we not forget to pray for ourselves as well. May you be encouraged by the words of David Crowder in a verse from his song “Come as You Are”:

Come out of sadness
From wherever you've been
Come broken hearted
Let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can't heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can't heal

Weekly Memory Verse: By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 1 John 4.2