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Written by Steve for “The True Light” @ https://thetruelight2014.wordpress.com
Original post @ https://thetruelight2014.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/james-122-25/
“22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”
Today, we read a story from Lin in Massachusetts:
“When I was in the eighth grade, I witnessed an act of compassion I will never forget. A boy using crutches fell in the entrance to our school. I watched with dismay and did not know what to do. Meanwhile, Diana, another student asked him if he needed help. When he responded yes, she came to his aid. She allowed her feelings of compassion to become an act of compassion…”
This seems to be an area of some misunderstanding among Christians at times…
We see things like this quite often, especially on the TV news. Some person encounters another person on the road with a flat. They pull their car over, get out and help with putting the spare tire on.
In this world, so many of us talk about all the bad things we see. But there are always acts of compassion and kindness which we are witness to as well, just as the account from Lin we read above.
From a purely human kindness standpoint, the act itself stands on its own merit. If someone does good for another, it is usually met with appreciation, and that’s the end of it.
However, from a Christian point of view, the motivation which moves us to action is very important to our Lord. It also has salvation implications attached to our faith and deeds.
Let’s look further into how motives translate into good works as people of faith. In the same book of James, chapter two goes into an explanation of how faith and deeds work together.
As we read along in (James 2:14-18), we see how both faith in the Lord and our actions need to work together as believers. In this text we read:
“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.”