Faith and Action works together!

Scripture reading for November 3rd:  James 2

James warned earlier of the self-deception of hearing the word of God, but not obeying it.  (James 1:22)  He now brings further emphasis to this area of danger to believers.

Believers and church leaders in the Jerusalem church had a tendency to show favoritism.  They were discriminating against the poor and showing favor to the rich.  James pointed them to Scripture:  “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love you neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.  But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.  For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”  (James 2:8-10)  James pointed out that showing partiality is judging someone without mercy.  When we believe we are to love our neighbor as ourselves, we choose not to be partial!

“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?  Can such faith save him?  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 will fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”  (James 2:14-17)   If we truly believe something, we act on it.  Mere lip-service is not saving faith!  Many are self-deceived concerning their actual relationship with Christ.  They know what He has asked of them, but refuse to do it.  May the Lord deliver us from self deception!

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