Loving One Another

What good is it, my brothers, if a man says he has faith, but has no works? Can faith save him? And if a brother or sister is naked and in lack of daily food, and one of you tells them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled;” and yet you didn’t give them the things the body needs, what good is it? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead in itself. Yes, a man will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.

You believe that God is one. You do well. The demons also believe, and shudder. But do you want to know, vain man, that faith apart from works is dead? Wasn’t Abraham our father justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith worked with his works, and by works faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness;” and he was called the friend of God. You see then that by works, a man is justified, and not only by faith. In like manner wasn’t Rahab the prostitute also justified by works, in that she received the messengers, and sent them out another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead. -James 2:14-26 (WEB)

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” -John 13:35 (NKJV)

As I listened to the answering machine, I thought, “I have other plans, but I know I should do this.” Almost immediately my prayer came to mind—“God, help me to use my time wisely.” I couldn’t ignore this clear answer to my prayer.

I showed up the next day to help rake and clean the yard of a church member who was undergoing chemotherapy and could not take care of her yard. My body protested at the work I was doing, but I continued, knowing this was a very practical way for me to demonstrate the love of Jesus.

I gave up a couple of hours on a pleasant Sunday afternoon, but I gained so much more. I experienced the joy of helping someone who needed my help, and I made some new friends. More than that, God blessed me with spiritual growth and gave me the opportunity to hear the story of a young man whom God had delivered from a drug addiction.

How many times have we missed an opportunity to show our love for one another, and be blessed by God in doing so, because we were too busy or had other plans?

Help us, Father, to take advantage of the opportunities you will give us this day to show our love for you and your children. Amen.

Closing Thought
Time is short; use it wisely.

Copyright © 2006, Star M. Ferdinand. All Rights Reserved.

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