A series on the Book of James
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”
James 2:26 NIV
Ordained Presbyterian minister the late Rev. Fred Rogers, also known to millions as Mr. Rogers, once said in an interview:
“All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors — in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver. Mutual caring relationships require kindness and patience, tolerance, optimism, joy in the other’s achievements, confidence in oneself, and the ability to give without undue thought of gain. You can’t really love someone else unless you really love yourself first. Real strength has to do with helping others.”
Perhaps that is what James means when he says, “Faith without works is dead.” Works cannot save us but they are evidence of our faith in action as they involve both giving and receiving God’s love that saves. I am so blest to pastor a church that unites faith and works in such tangible ways.
Hope to see you Sunday,