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Active 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?

So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

James 2:15-17 NLT

Talk is cheap. We may tell someone to have a good day, but are we truly willing to ensure that they do? It comes easily from our lips but as we walk past someone who needs our help, do we really care what they may be going through? Actually, the human heart has to be encouraged to simply be kind to others — to merely smile at a stranger seems to take more effort than we can sincerely project. We can get real busy in our disregard for giving grace. We can find a million reasons why we can't help someone less fortunate. We claim faith in God but is it active and productive faith? Is it faith that truly believes God will help us as we help others? According to Jesus, the two most important commandments are to love God and love our neighbors. Thank You, Heavenly Father, for showing us love we do not deserve. Please show us how to faithfully pass that kind of genuine love to others.

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