Today’s reading is James 2:14-26 NLT. It is titled, “Faith without good deeds is dead”.
The opening statement from verse 14 says, “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?”
In the passage we see two examples of faith in action. Abraham with his son and the sacrifice. And Rahab the prostitute who hid the spies. Both were accredited righteous with God because of their actions.
Verse 15 and 16 gives us a practical example of lived out faith. “Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?”
Real faith is both believed as truth and then manifests itself in actions. Verse 17 reminds us that, “faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless”.
True faith is more than agreeing with a set of principles. It actually transforms our thinking and our actions. If our lives remains unchanged, we don’t truly believe the truths we claim to believe.
What things can I do today to show my faith is real and alive? What good deeds can I do to demonstrate my faith is not dead? How about you?