As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

James 2:26 NIV

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Faith Without Deeds

Back in 2021, The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General announced that 98 remarkable individuals had been awarded Meritorious Service Decorations. The Meritorious Service Decorations recognize individuals who have performed a deed or an activity in a highly professional manner, or at a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to Canada. Such actions can range from advocacy initiatives and healthcare services to humanitarian efforts and contributions to the arts.

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Human beings, particularly those who are not followers of Jesus, tend to avoid thinking about or talking about death. It’s fascinating that the one thing that we all have to deal with is one of the most taboo topics in our society. The Bible, however, deals with it head on – after all, when Jesus rose from the tomb, it was the death of death. So, it isn’t surprising that the apostle James would use death to illustrate a very important truth about faith. In James 2:26 he writes, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” The moment we breathe our last breath, our spirit leaves our body – where it goes, depends on whether or not we have a relationship with Jesus Christ through faith. There is no spirit in a person who has died. James says that in the same way, the mark of someone who has been truly redeemed by faith in Jesus, and who has His life, His Spirit, inside, is that they live a life of doing good for others. The mark of the life-giving presence of the Holy Spirit in the follower of Jesus is a life of doing good, in Jesus’ name.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley