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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, September 28, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
We cannot earn our salvation by serving and obeying God. But such actions show that our commitment to God is real. Deeds of loving service are not a substitute for, but rather a verification of, our faith in Christ. (NLT)
James 2:14-18 – Dear brothers and sisters, what’s the use of saying you have faith if you don’t prove it by your actions? That kind of faith can’t save anyone. Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs food or clothing, and you say, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good deeds is not faith at all-it is dead and useless.
Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” I say, “I can’t see your faith if you don’t have good deeds, but I will show you my faith through my good deeds.”
Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. –James 2:17 (NIV)
Paula M. Miller (California) titled her story “RIVER LAUNDRY;” here is a portion of Paula’s story:
“While riding through a large city in a developing country, I saw a mother and three children standing knee-deep in a muddy, green river. . . . That family washing clothes amid the polluted canal’s floating debris remains, for me, a poignant scene.
“Certainly, such moments make me grateful for the conveniences I have, including a washing machine. However, if the memory of that moment only makes me grateful for my own blessings, that would not be enough.
“Although I may not be able to lead a campaign for ending poverty or improving access to plumbing in another country, I can offer compassion and help to those around me. Maybe a grandmother’s lawn needs mowing, a neighbor feels desperate to find a job, or a student could use a math tutor. From picking up trash to giving away groceries, the needs are endless. . . . In this hurting world, we can reflect Jesus’ love by acting to meet one need at a time.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I see someone in need, God calls me to act with compassion.
Prayer: Dear Lord, show us those who need compassionate words or actions. Give us the will and the strength to serve them. Amen.
Prayer Focus: CHILDREN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
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