If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death.” 1 John 5:16
What if we prayed God would give life to those Christians we know who are walking in unrighteousness? What if we prayed instead of gossiping? John says God will answer that prayer of love.
Sometimes our sense of justice blinds our touch of grace. We want others to experience the justice of bad consequences. Have you ever said this? “She’s going to get what’s coming to her.” Maybe with a little bit of smugness in your voice? I have.
The problem is that this attitude is hypocritical: By God’s grace we didn’t get what we deserved. (And I would daresay that we still don’t, by the grace of God, on a regular basis.) We have a warped sense of justice that bends to make allowance in one direction for our own faults and bends in another direction to keeps someone else out of forgiveness.
Love prays for a sinning brother or sister (any Christ-follower) — that they would be restored to the fullness of life in God and that He would bring about a change in their heart before they experience the pain. Because what we should really be praying for is their return to relationship with God — not that they feel the full weight of their offense against Him (or us).