James 2:16-17 NIV 2011
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? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by actions, is dead.
After encouraging the faithful in Jerusalem to get back to basics, James challenged them to be doers of the Word not just speakers of the Word. A believer’s words are to be a physical act of love shared with those in need. 1 John 3:18, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions in truth.” This example carries over into sharing faith with others. The apostle John also challenged believers. John 3:17, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” Faith in God results in believers actively loving others.
Who doesn’t love a new baby? Loving the squirrely two year old can be a challenge. Showing love to someone lying on the street in dirty worn coverings, that’s hard. God calls each of us to love them all with His love. He continues to love us when we’re covered in sin. How can we not love others? The deeper our love is for God, the easier it becomes to love the least, the lost and the lonely.
How will we show our love daily?
Because we’re loved,