What is a sin of omission?
Here's the answer:
The sin of omission is not doing something that we know God wants us to do.
Omission is a big word, but it has a simple meaning. It is choosing to not do something that God has told us to do in the Bible. Not doing what God wants us to do is a sin. James 4:17 tells us, “So suppose someone knows the good deeds they should do. But suppose they don’t do them. By not doing these good deeds, they sin.” In this passage of Scripture, James is speaking of the sin of omission.
Jesus teaches us about the sin of omission in the parable of the Good Samaritan. In this parable, a poor man was beaten and left for dead. Two men walked by and they chose to ignore the injured man and not help him. The third man who passed by was a Samaritan and he stopped, bandaged up the man’s wounds, took him to an inn, and offered to pay for his expenses (Luke 10:30-37). He is called the good Samaritan.
The first two men in the parable knew the good they were supposed to do, but chose not to do it. The good Samaritan is a great example of following God’s commands by extending kindness, support, and love. Whenever you see someone in need, be like the Good Samaritan and not like the two men who participated in the sin of omission.
"So suppose someone knows the good deeds they should do. But suppose they don’t do them. By not doing these good deeds, they sin" (James 4:17).
"Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up" (Galatians 6:9).