THEME: FAITH AND WORKS
“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
-Often times when we walk in the streets we are confronted by many needy people who ask for money to buy food. Sometimes we give them what they ask for and other times we go our way telling them either that we will give them tomorrow, we don’t have, they should look for something else to do, God will provide or we ignore them and pass quickly without looking. James discloses that when we say to them “depart in peace, be warmed and filled but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body”, we display faith without work, and that faith without works is dead. The rich man did the same thing to Lazarus when he obviously knew that he needed food but ignored him. When they both died, the rich man went to hell while Lazarus went to paradise. In the book of Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus reminds us to visit the sick, those in prison and give to the needy their basic requirements and we will inherit His kingdom. Several people in the Bible displayed faith and works. When Cornelius gave alms to the people generously and prayed always, the angel of the Lord visited him in a vision (Acts 10:2-8). Tabitha was also full of charitable deeds and gave tunics to the needy. When she got sick and died, God restored her life through Peter (Acts 9:36-43). There is always a price for any good need done to those who need us most, and especially eternal life. We are created in the Lords image and are called to love one another as ourselves as we show them; compassion and mercy.
Thank You Jesus for Your love and mercy upon us. You have been faithful to us even when we have been unfaithful. You have taken good care of us and provide for all our needs from our time of birth. Remember with mercy Lord all those who are sick, in prison, street children, orphans, widows, widowers, depressed and lack basic needs. Lord You are our Savior and ever present help in times of need. Touch each one of us together with all those are suffering by Your hand of grace we humbly ask You Faithful Master. You have said in Your word that You will never leave us nor forsake us, we put all our trust in You. Fill us with Your love Holy Spirit so that we may always love You and our neighbours as ourselves. Give us generous hearts and help us to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness. All glory and praise belongs to You Lord, now and forever. Amen
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