Faith and Action Work Together
(Book of James)

A person " tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death." (1:15).  "He (God) chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created...  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says." (1:18, 22).  "What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?  Can such faith save him? by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead." (2:14, 17; also see 2:18-26).  

"Who is wise and understanding among you?  Let him show it by his good life...the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.  Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness." (3:13, 17-18).  "Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you..." (4:7-8).  


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James is writing to people who had accepted the doctrine of Justification by Faith, but were not living right - such faith is no faith at all!  Pray for the faith that makes us whole - complete in the Body of Christ.