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JUSTICE

July 31, 2015

Friday

 

James 2:15-16

 

Suppose there are brothers or sisters who need clothes and don’t have enough to eat. What good is there in your saying to them, “God bless you! Keep warm and eat well!” – if you don’t give them the necessities of life?
 

LESSON

 

As he did before , James provided a concrete situation to illustrate his point. He envisioned a situation that may very well have taken place in his church, in Jerusalem, where there were many poor saints. All of the people in the illustration seem to be genuine Christians, in view of the terms James used to describe them. The situation he described highlights the absurdity of claiming vital faith, but at the same time not doing good works. A benediction cannot save a starving man from death; only bread can do that.

What good does it do, my Christian brothers, if someone among you says he has faith and yet does not act on that faith? Faith certainly cannot preserve his life, can it? It would be the same thing as if one of you spoke to some Christian brother or sister who was destitute of the necessities of life and you said, ‘Go home peacefully and get warmed and filled.’ But if you did not give them the very things they needed for bodily life, what good would it do? Would their lives be saved by your confident words? In the same way when faith stands all by itself, because you fail to act on it, your inactive faith is as dead as your useless words to your destitute Christian brother. It has no life-preserving power at all.

 

Memory Verse: Luke 4:18

 

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