Faith that is Alive!
James is quite adamant in his assessment of faith. It is no private matter simply between a person and God, but faith is to be seen publicly in the actions of the one who has faith. Faith is perfected when a person’s works fall into line with what he or she believes. A faith which does not manifest itself in a life of good deeds is ruled by James as being “dead” just as the body without the spirit is dead. So, what does a faith that is alive look like?
Repentance is faith turning.
Confessing Christ is faith acknowledging.
Singing is faith praising.
Resisting temptation is faith fighting.
Praying is faith asking.
Forgiving is faith remembering no more.
Preaching is faith proclaiming.
Teaching is faith instructing.
Visiting is faith going.
Giving is faith sacrificing.
Keeping one’s word is faith honoring.
Partaking of the Lord’s Supper is faith remembering.
Offering encouragement is faith caring.
Assembling with the saints is faith fellowshipping.
Worshiping is faith reverencing.
Enduring adversity is faith persevering.
Studying the scriptures is faith learning.
Confessing sin is faith admitting.
Providing help is faith loving.
Keeping Christ’s words is faith obeying.
Being baptized is faith submitting.
Grieving with hope is faith trusting.
Walking in the Spirit is faith living.