Thursday, January 7: I will show you my faith by my deeds

Read James 2:14-19

 

Daily ScripturesThe New Testament letter of James challenges believers on several fronts. Where do trials come from? Are we saved by listening or by doing, by faith or by works? How should we treat the rich and the poor? Join with us as we read through this important, practical book.

Read James 2:14-19

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. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

 

Reflect

How does this Scripture fit with other passages that claim we are saved by grace and not by works, "so that no one should boast"? What paradoxical truth is James driving home here?

Respond

What good is it to a hungry neighbor if we only say good words to them? This is exactly what it's like to God if we only say nice words to him, but refuse to live our lives in the ways he lays out for us. Dear God, please help us express our faith by how we live, not just by what we say. Amen.

 

 

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