If Anyone Sees

If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death. We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
1 John 5:16–19
If Anyone Sees
These verses have been the source of much confusion for many over the years. What is the difference between a sin that leads to death and one that doesn’t? The truth is that any unrepented sin can lead to death. But if a believer is open to repentance and to God’s forgiveness, their sin will not lead to death. Because of God’s grace, we are given forgiveness of sins and life eternal through His son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. All sin is damnable, yet in His abundant mercy, God forgives all who repent. If we refuse to repent and confess Jesus as the Christ and the Son of God, we stand condemned by our own stubborn unbelief and refusal of God’s love. In this way, any sin could lead to death if not for the Gospel, which is our victory over sin, death, and the devil. As the children of God, we repent of all our sins. We hate our sin and the weakness of our flesh, but when we fall into sin, we know that we have One who prays for us and offers forgiveness to us. And when we abide in His Word, Jesus remains in us and guards us against the evil one, so that the devil cannot touch us.
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