Day 9: James 2:18-19

Today’s reading continues to challenge us to put our faith into action.  I’ve shortened the reading from the schedule to keep the thoughts together.  You are welcome to add your reflection in the comment section below.

But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”  Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.  You believe that there is one God.  Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.  (TNIV)

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2 thoughts on “Day 9: James 2:18-19

  1. “I will show you my faith by what I do” is a powerful phrase. James viciously attacks dualistic ideas of faith–that we can somehow keep our faith and the rest of life separate from each other. Who we are and what we do reflects what we really believe. I love his holy sarcasm as well: “You believe that there is one God (he is referring to what the Jewish people call the the Shema in Deuteronomy 6–which they quoted every day to themselves). “Good! Even the demons believe that…” Evil people also have faith, but it is either in the wrong thing or applied in the wrong ways. History shows us that deeply religious people can do horrible things in the name of God.
    So the personal message I hear today is that people will know what I believe by what they see me do. They will either get the right idea about God or some distortion of God, or see nothing at all. I find myself praying for God to fill me with His Spirit today to make me aware of those key moments of opportunity and give me courage to be a loving witness through my words and actions. I want people to see that Jesus has changed my life.

  2. “You believe that there is one God.” What a wonderful thought, a belief in His existence.
    There is one God. Even demons acknowledge this and it makes them shake; and yet, so many are still living without faith.
    What will it take to reach out to those without faith?
    What will it take to reach out to those who sit on the fence about their belief that there is one God?
    I believe it will take ongoing conversations about God and demonstrating one’s faith- sharing through small group, fellowshipping after church, role modelling in the workplace and with one’s neighbours, whenever the opportunity presents itself.
    There is one God and he is real. Believe.

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