Faith Works

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?  Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

James 2:14-18

 

As we continue our study today, let’s look at these words from James about the way our faith outworks itself. James’ concern was over the claims of faith that were essentially loveless: how can we have faith and not have it show itself in the way we love and care for others? A natural by-product of our faith should be love for others.

 

“Loveless faith is absolutely useless_

 

Let’s take a look today at what these verses mean.

 

Thoughts for Today

 

  1. Whose physical needs are you aware of in your own fellowships, churches, communities? In what ways can you contribute to helping meet them?
  2. What sorts of things can deter us from taking action when we see people in need? We might be sympathetic, as James intimates here is easy enough to do, but what barriers are we faced with that affects how and when and how much we help others?
  3. How can you make sure your faith is not loveless?
  4. How would love-full faith transform the world?

Prayers for Today

 

  • Today, let’s pray for those in our churches and communities who have physical needs. Ask God to help you become more aware of who needs love and care, and ask him to show you how to best to help meet them.
Grace and Love
Helen x

 

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