Thursday, December 10th, 2009
"We have the release by ransom through the blood of [Jesus], yes, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his undeserved kindness." (Ephesians 1:7)
If we wonder if we have sinned against the holy spirit, remember that Jehovah does forgive repentant sinners. Of prime importance is earnest prayer to God. If we have sinned, we can plead for forgiveness on the basis of Jesus’ ransom sacrifice, Jehovah’s mercy, our inherited imperfection, and our record of faithful service. What if we have sinned but are unable to pray because our sin has made us spiritually sick? In this regard, the disciple James wrote: “Let [such a person] call the older men of the congregation to him, and let them pray over him, greasing him with oil in the name of Jehovah. And the prayer of faith will make the indisposed one well, and Jehovah will raise him up. Also, if he has committed sins, it will be forgiven him.”—James 5:14, 15.
(Watchtower issue: 07/15/07, 1:16, 17)
*FYI- in regards to that verse mentioned in James, I just wanted to clarify that there isn't any 'literal' greasing with oil by the elders going on in the congregation when someone is ill. That scripture is merely 'figurative'... Just thought I'd better clear that point up since someone might be apt to think that sounds 'extremist' and ban the book of James. lol =)