The Art of Lent – Day 14, Thursday

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? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; 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, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?
James 2:14-20 NLT

This passage echoes Jesus calling himself the true vine and us his branches (John 15). We demonstrate our faith by bearing fruit. Our faith grafts us into the vine and provides us with roots, and that produces our fruit of good works. Our faith must produce something, but produce is impossible without roots in faith. Draw a fruit- or flower-producing with its roots in the ground. Label the roots with things that enrich your faith, and label your produce with the good works your faith has produced in your life.

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