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“As the body without the Spirit is dead, `so faith without deeds is dead’” James 2:26
A fiery (but not too wise) preacher was pelted with stones after he preached the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) to hungry slum dwellers, “…blessed are the poor…, blessed are those who hunger and thirst…” It is for such that Paul agonized, "Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives," Galatians 4:19.
Many people know the truth about Jesus Christ and agree with the teachings. They delight in the information they receive in a purely academic way. This is referred to as intellectual assent. Faith based on intellectual assent is not complete. It is only when you take this information and it becomes part and parcel of your life that you become a true believer. You commit to trust the Lord and apply the truth you have learned about Christ to transform your life. It is not enough to know and believe that vitamins are good for you; you have to actually take them for them to work in you. If you cannot help those it is within your power to help, then your faith is hollow. While deeds do not bestow salvation, they are a verification of our faith.
Do you have true faith or do you have faith that is merely intellectual?
True faith feels empathy and kindness. It is based on wisdom, a sign of mature faith. You cannon have true faith and continue to live the same worldly way. You are transformed to become “…pure; then peace loving, considerate, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:13
“There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.” James A. Baldwin
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