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Bible Challenge – James 2

September 14, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that faith save anyone?” James 2:14

Don’t talk about IT, BE about IT! This has been a phrase that has been piercing my heart all summer.  Let’s face it, it’s easy to say that we are Christians, but it a whole different thing when we try to live out the things we say we believe.

Growing up as a kid, I was taught this phrase, “Actions speak louder than words.” If we were to pause for a moment and think about what our actions are saying, it might scare us. Many times, good or bad, we are labeled by our actions. When our words and actions align these labels tend to be positive. However, if our words and our actions conflict, these labels tend to be negative.

I’m wrestling with this thought but I think there is a lot of truth to it, many times our words reveal the intentions of our heart, but our actions reveal the meditation of our heart! It’s a powerful thing when our words and our actions actions align with our Faith in Christ Jesus. Don’t be fooled, people are watching! They are comparing the things we say with the way we live and they are more likely to listen to us when they see our words and actions don’t conflict.

So here is the challenge for today, let’s put our faith in action.  Let’s show the people around us what it means to have a relationship with Christ not just by the things we say, but by things we do. Don’t just talk about IT, BE about IT!

Father today, help us to live out the things we say we believe. When the temptation comes to do something that is in opposition of what we believe, empower us to resist that temptation. Let our actions speak louder than our words so that you can receive all the glory and others can see the difference you are making in our lives.

“Preach the gospel always, If necessary use words.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi.

  1. Jackie Sade
    September 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    “So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” James 2:17

    This verse stood out to me the most today. I think it follows up yesterday’s verse about acting on Gods’ word, and actually proving our faith though our decisions and actions. Actions speak louder than words. We don’t need to earn God’s forgiveness, we already have it. But we can show how grateful we are for this love by showing his love toward others.

    James 2 also warns us against prejudice.

    “But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.” James 2:9

    “So whatever you say or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law that sets you free. There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others.” James 2:12-13

    God not only provides us with mercy, but with grace. Not only did He send his son to die for our sins, but he gives us unconditional love. We did nothing to earn this love, he just gives it to us. We should thank Him by sharing our love with Him and with others.

    God, I pray that you help me to spread your love with others. I pray that you help me to show my faith in You through my actions, and give me the willingness to grow in my relationship with you. God I thank you for your unconditional love and grace. I thank you Lord for dying on the cross so that I would have everlasting life. Amen!:)

  2. Matthew Minor
    September 14, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    So first of all my favorite verse is 2:1 just because of how it describes Christ. “Our glorious Lord” I love the picture that forms in my mind of Christ. Like a war hero returning home with all the pomp and circumstance that can be mustered. Like a powerful King sitting on His throne furious at how His people are treated. Readying His armies to save His kingdom. Yeah so I idolize Christ. Last time I checked we’re supposed to.

    Now after that rabbit trail. Honestly this chapter was always hard for me to understand when I was young. In particular verse 24. I didn’t understand that James wasn’t talking about works saving anyone. He was talking about the difference between real faith and lip service. In James’ mind real faith made a difference. It wasn’t possible to have works with out faith or faith with out works. Works never had everlasting value without faith. And faith would always produce change and by that good works. It is fact.

    Now does that mean we’ll always produce good works? Or that any good work is always done in faith? Of course not. A prof of mine explained to me once that you really can’t read the Bible with out at least looking at what goes on in reality. At first I disagreed with him. But now I understand what he meant.

    Our understanding of reality might always be a little off but God does use it to open our eyes. If we read something in the Bible but it makes no sense in reality then either our understanding of the Bible was wrong or our understanding of reality is wrong. It’s then up to us through prayer and advice to figure out which it is and correct it.

    It’s the same here. James was talking about end results and over all truths. Yes someone can do something “good” but in the end without faith it’ll be worthless to them when they miss heaven. And Christians can for a time be in rebellion and fight against the faith that saved us. But it won’t last. God does correct those he loves and soon will bring them back to him. Either in this life or in the real one that follows they will follow after him.

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