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Friday, January 19, 2018

Faith Is Something That I Actively Do

In review of James 2:15-16 it says, “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If 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?” (NIV).

Bottom Line:
Faith coupled with actions is what is needed.

What this means to me:
For me to claim to have faith, but not do things that show it, would prove that my faith is not real. For faith without good deeds is dead.

What good is it, if I say I have faith but don't show it by my actions?  Faith by itself isn't enough. It needs to produces good deeds, otherwise it is just dead and useless. I ultimately show my faith by my actions and good deeds.

Often when someone claims to have faith, what they may have is intellectual assent or agreement with a set of Christian teachings. As such that alone is incomplete faith. True faith transforms conduct as well as thoughts. If a life remains unchanged, then one doesn't truly believe what they claim.

It's important to remember that there is no way to earn salvation by only serving and obeying God. However such actions show that a commitment to God is real. Deeds of loving service are not a substitute for, but rather a verification of faith in Christ.

What I’m reminded of this morning is that faith is more than something you feel. Many people confuse emotions and feelings with faith. They come to church and they’re moved emotionally, they’re inspired, and they’re stimulated. But that doesn’t mean they’re walking in faith.

The Bible says faith is something we do, not just something we feel. In other words, faith is not mere sentimentality. Let’s say I go out on the street and see someone who is homeless and destitute. I see that this person is hungry, cold, and in need of clothing and shelter. Would I be showing great faith if I walked up and said, “Cheer up! Don’t worry; be happy! Feel good! Put on a happy face”?

It doesn’t take much faith to do that. Faith produces compassion. Faith says, “I’ll do anything I can to stop your hurt.” Throughout the New Testament, the witnesses say Jesus was moved with compassion for people. Jesus showed us that faith is practical.

When I see a need, I need to do something about it. It’s not enough for me to just toss out a quick “Well, I’ll pray for you.” The Bible says we show our faith by what we do.

It’s awesome that we have the new testament (Gospels and Letters) that give us real examples of how Jesus showed us the importance of putting faith into action. It is a model for me to follow in my life and my interactions.