It's Not Always What We Say

May 27, 2001
by Anne Russell

James 2:22-24 – You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. (NIV)

This past Mother's Day was a special day for our daughter-in-law Sue. She joined the church upon making profession of her faith. It is a day I am sure none of us will forget.

I was impressed by the act, which included the new members standing up and giving a personal testimony, indicating how they were led to the church, seeking membership in the body of Christ.

Sue began by telling of her first Christian experiences. One that was part of her memory meant so much to me. She told of being invited into our home before she married our son. There was our minister, sitting just like any ordinary person (which he was) laughing and enjoying fellowship with us, just like family. I didn't think anything about it, as it was not unusual for us to have the minister drop by, just to talk.

I didn't realize this had such an impact on Sue. It shows how our actions are seen in the eyes of others. This is why as Christians it is so important that we be known by our actions in our everyday living. For it is not by faith alone that we are known — but by our actions also. It's not always what we say!

Prayer: Dear Lord, we come to you this day, praying that you will watch over us. May we be known by the love that is in us, put there by You. May our actions show that we are truly Christians. Thanking You, we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Anne Russell <anbrussell@rogers.com>
Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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