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James 2:26

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

 

Faith without works is dead. That’s a pretty strong statement. Many people claim to believe and have faith in Jesus Christ. Yet all too many times those that claim to believe are the very ones who are still taking advantage of, manipulating and controlling everyone around them. Many times that includes their family and members of the church also. Sadly, if it doesn’t benefit us we aren’t interested in putting any effort into helping our neighbor. Our neighbor in the church and outside the church.

 

Faith without works is dead. No wonder Jesus said in Matthew 12:33, “Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.” The tree is known by his fruit. Are we putting any works with our faith? Do we watch for an opportunity to help those around us or do we look the other way when someone is suffering?

 

Peter and John were on the way to the Temple to pray one time in Acts chapter three when they came upon a lame man asking for alms. Peter said to the poor man who had been born lame, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” The thing about Peter though was that he didn’t just say some words to this lame man. Acts 3:7, “And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.” Peter put some works with his faith and reached down into the mess the man was in and gave the lame man a hand up.

 

It’s not really too bad helping people as long as we don’t have to bend over too far to reach them. However it becomes really uncomfortable when I have to reach down into their mess and give them a hand up.

 

Words are not enough. It takes a hand also. Faith without works is dead. What kind of fruit is my tree bringing forth?

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