Words from the Heart for Saturday October 23rd, 2021

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

James 2:17 (NIV)

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Action

In the Second World War, Canadian soldiers saw action while defending the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong against a Japanese attack in December 1941. The Canadians at Hong Kong fought against overwhelming odds and displayed the courage of seasoned veterans, though most had limited military training. They had virtually no chance of victory, but refused to surrender until they were overrun by the enemy. Those who survived the battle became prisoners of war and many endured torture and starvation by their Japanese captors.

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There is a reason why the fifth book of the New Testament is called the book of Acts. Its full name is the “Acts of the Apostles” because it records all that was happening in the lives of the early followers of Jesus. It proves that those whom Jesus called to be His apostles were men of action and activity. He has entrusted them to take to the whole world all He had taught them over three years. He knew they would be faithful to put their faith into action. We are all called to that. In fact, the Bible tells us that one of the marks of having living faith is that we are action-oriented when it comes to sharing Jesus’ and His love with others. James 2:17 says, “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” If we say that we have placed our faith in Jesus Christ, but are not living for Him and loving others in His name, James tells us that our faith is dead. We are not saved to sit and soak in the things of God. We are called to put our faith into action.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley