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Let Our Actions Match Our Words

James 2:17

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgWords are cheap! Have you ever heard that phrase? It often comes from wives to their husbands (or the other way around) when they say I love you but don’t show it with their actions – when they say one thing and do another. It can become frustrating for sure. It can cause folks to see us – when we say one thing and do another – as hypocrites.

No one likes a hypocrite – a person who says something different than his or her actions. Actions speak louder than words – is another popular saying.  Our words need to be matched with our actions.  We need to be men and women of integrity – not changing with the wind – depending on when it helps us or not.

James – the brother of Jesus – wrote these words about faith and works. James 2:17 – In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. Here is this passage in partial context. James 2:14-26 – 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 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? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 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. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” a and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Let’s be people of our word – not like some people who say one thing – even for years – yet change their tune for their own good. We all know people like that – don’t we? They can be so frustrating and difficult to deal with in real life! Let your yes be a yes and let your no be a no. Say what you mean and mean what you say. May our faith and our works match – may we live for Jesus – as well as we talk for Jesus!

As people of faith – we cannot merely say we’re praying for someone and do nothing – at times not even pray.  If we can help someone – we should pray for them and do what we can to help them.  Let’s be a people of action as well as a people of faith.  James says that if we do not match our faith with actions – we have no faith at all!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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November 21, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , ,

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  1. Thank you

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    Comment by carmenseekstruth | November 22, 2014 | Reply


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