James 2:14-16 NIV
James 2:14-16 MSG
Words are not enough when it comes to the work of God. He implores us to act. This is the reason we can feel drawn to action, yet sometimes do not pause to consider our words. Both are important and they go hand in hand.
Our speech must match our walk and our walk must match our speech. In this way God is able to shine through us and become real to those we encounter. As we refine our intentions for what God has commanded of us, let us set our focus on Him and not get distracted by what others might think.
The world can tell us that we are not equipped to help those around us. We might also feel as though it is too difficult to act in the midst of adversity. Yet this is where God is. He is ready and waiting for us to lean forward and walk in faith.
We do not have the strength to act alone. He wants to act in and through us. Let us not be filled with nonsense, but rather be filled with the resurrection strength of the Holy Spirit. We may not understand how to help, but let's take a step forward with Him and rest knowing that He will make a way.
Considerations for your planner:
- Do you sense that your actions and words match? Write down an example of the last words you spoke of encouragement to someone and the action you took in response to those words.
A Prayer for Our Community:
Father, Walk with us in everything that we do. We want to become sensitive to all Your nudging of our spirit. We want to be Your hands and feet. Help us to lean forward and not simply offer a kind word, but rather make us ready to jump into action. We want to grow our discernment in all our actions to help meet the physical needs of those around us. Amen.
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