What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. (James 2:14-17)
Pastor John’s Notes:
The doctrine of salvation by faith was a radical departure from the legalism of the Hebrew religion. In forgetting about faith, the Hebrews venerated the law and created additional rules and regulations. When the apostles began to teach that the true righteous was by faith in Jesus Christ, some people were so happy they went so far as to abandon not only the law but acts of kindness and charity as well. James makes the case that if our faith does not lead us to act more kindly toward those in need then it is a useless faith and of no value to God or anyone else. True faith manifests itself in acts of love and kindness.
Lord, help me not only to love you but love others as well. Let my faith show itself to be genuine in acts of kindness and charity. Let my faith be valuable not only to you but to others also. Teach me to act for their benefit as well as for my own.