Failure to do Good – James 4:17

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. – James 4:17 NIV

Sin! As Christians we know that sin is bad and we should avoid it. But how often are we guilty of thinking of sin as just doing bad things? James makes clear that sin is much broader than that. Sin also includes failure to do good when I have the opportunity to do so. If I have the opportunity to help someone, and I decline, then I have sinned. Don’t be content with avoiding evil; look for the good you can do in the world around you.

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