“Love & Faith with Hands & Feet”

November 17, 2019

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Summary

1 John 3:16-18 exhorts: “By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” (ESV) Wearing blinders to the needs around us; being tight-fisted; mocking the disadvantaged; passing those lying bludgeoned on the opposite side of the road–these are all supreme acts of hypocrisy and they betray the Gospel we preach and all that Jesus personified. There’s an important distinction we must always remember: Our salvation is owned by faith but it is shown by obedient acts of love. James 2:14-17 echoes: “Now what use is it, my brothers, for a man to say he “has faith” if his actions do not correspond with it? Could that sort of faith save anyone’s soul? If a fellow man or woman has no clothes to wear and nothing to eat, and one of you say, “Good luck to you I hope you’ll keep warm and find enough to eat”, and yet give them nothing to meet their physical needs, what on earth is the good of that? Yet that is exactly what a bare faith without a corresponding life is like–useless and dead.” (PHILLIPS) May our love and faith be ever visible in our hands and feet and all this to the glory of God…

Bible References

  • 1 John 3:16 - 24
  • Jeremiah 17:9 - 9
  • Ezekiel 36:26 - 27
  • James 2:14 - 17
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:9 - 10

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