19 My brothers, if any among you strays from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his life from death and cover a multitude of sins.
If a Christian starts abandoning the truth by going in its opposite direction we as a family of believers must bring him or her back to the truth.
Keyword: the truth
You cannot bring a Christian back to the Lord by compromising the truth for the sake of not hurting his/her feelings. The truth has to be at the forefront but it has to be with graciousness and humility.
When a believer is walking away from the truth and you try to show them their errors, even with grace, they will take your action as judgmental and mean spirited. Why? Because the person’s inner-man is severely weakened. Remember, our job is, to tell the truth regardless if it hurts them. You cannot be more loving than when you tell someone the truth and the Holy Spirit will take the truth and start to convict them.
In the Psalms, David talks about this which is found in Psalm 141:5 which says,
5 Let the righteous one strike me—
it is an act of faithful love;
let him rebuke me—
it is oil for my head;
let me not refuse it.
Even now my prayer is against
the evil acts of the wicked.
Here, we see that the word “rebuke” which gives the meaning of someone striking you and making you feel pain. That’s how it feels when you tell the person the truth. The difference is that the pain they feel is actually healing them because it will make them repent and bring them back to being right with Jesus Christ. Clearly, this verse teaches that rebuke for the sake of the truth is the most loving thing you can do.
Jesus is the truth and He is love. The truth and love cannot be separated and we cannot be people pleasers because to be one you have to compromise the truth.
The word “death” does not refer to spiritual death but physical.
Let us make both, the truth and love a priority, without missing one of them when bringing a believer back to Jesus.