What Good is my Faith?
What does my faith look like? How is it lived out?
These questions were asked by Beth Moore during the DVD Bible study on James this week.
Our leader asked the class for examples of how we lived out our faith. Our answers were initially rather pithy…love, grace, mercy…but our leader would not let us get away with that…she wanted real life examples.
Bringing dinner to a family in need, driving someone to the doctor…were some of the answers…washing the dishes after a party when everyone else goes home was another.
Sitting there I asked…How do I show mercy?
Do I only show mercy when it is easy? I hope not, but I know that at times I do.
God can change what people do…He can change our behavioral patterns.
Oh, how I prayed during class that God would help me to do a better job of living my faith…showing mercy.
After class I got in my car, turned left out of the parking lot and drove less than a quarter mile and the phone rang.
An opportunity to show mercy was presented in that moment.
Can you believe it? Less than a quarter of mile down the road and boom…God provides me with a crossroad.
I could say, I’ll be praying for you. Hope all goes well…or…I could put my faith into action.
What that action is and looks like is not important…what is important is that God presented me with an opportunity to show mercy, to live out my faith…and I heard Him and recognized it.
Thank you, Lord!!!
What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? James 2:14 (NLT)
I pray that this encourages you to show mercy the next time an opportunity is presented to you.
Blessings, Susan…PS…it has been quite awhile since I have written an entry…many, many challenges have been thrown into our lives…I should have expected it…Satan hates it when we speak up about our Lord and Savior. It is such a pleasure to be able to share with you, dear reader.