Today’s Key Verses:
14What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Today’s key verses should sound quite familiar! This was the text of Sunday’s sermon and part two of our NewThru30 series.
James is a letter full of sermons to churches that got started soon after Jesus died, rose again, and ascended into heaven. In this mini-sermon, James is telling his listeners and readers that it’s not enough to just believe. Christians must LIVE what they believe!
In these verses specifically, James gives a hypothetical situation of seeing someone in need and just having sympathy for them. However, the sympathy stops there and doesn’t end with action. James teaches us that without action, our faith is dead – not sick, put up on a shelf, or on hold – it’s dead.
As you look at your life and compare it in relation to this passage, do you simply believe? Or do you LIVE what you believe? When people look at your life, do they see evidence of your faith? Is there action to accompany your belief in Christ?
Thank God that he has given you an opportunity to believe in him and find forgiveness for sin through His son. Ask Him to help you put action to your faith. Commit to do something this week that shows your faith in action. Ask God to help you continue living what you believe and as a result making a huge difference with your life.
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