Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Faith and action

James 2;

Faith and Deeds

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[d]? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[e] and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.


I just want to elaborate on the American version of faith by words. Hebrews 11; New International Version (NIV)

Faith in Action

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
In the same way Believe is a verb and takes action, you cannot believe with your mind, only with your actions. Which is from your heart.

Do we want to please God? If Jesus lives in us, our deeds are the evidence that He is there. If we have no deeds and claim that Jesus is our Savior we lie and do not know the truth. Because if Jesus lives in us we must walk like He did, rich in love, mercy, forgiveness and deeds. If you do not possess these qualities, you do not possess eternal life. Eternal life comes through believing, and believing requires action.

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