Faith needs deeds
Proverbs 3:27 Don’t withhold good from someone who deserves it, when it is in your power to do so.
Proverbs 19:17 Those who are gracious to the poor lend to the Lord, and the Lord will fully repay them.
Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ
Hebrews 13:16 Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have because God is pleased with these kinds of sacrifices
James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith, but has no deeds? Can according to the image of Him who created him, faith save him?…faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
There are so many ways we can be a doer to and for others. It may be as simple as listening to a hurting heart, or actually caring for someone who is physically ill and in pain. It is a gift for you to just smile as you go about your day to anyone you pass—a nod and smile just indicates pleasantness, and can uplift the person who received it. You can say a prayer of thanks for the person who let you out in heavy traffic, for the person who holds the door for you, and to pray for persons you know are going through a bad time so they are able to go through the difficulty with more patience, and the strength of knowing that God will help them through, and so on.
Yes, there are so many practical ways we can help others. Feed them, serve in a shelter, teach others when you have knowledge they don’t yet have, bring flowers or something that will be significant, not expensive, as the simplest heartfelt touches can have more value than expense many times. It’s a giving of ourselves for others, praying, teaching, serving, caretaking, smiling, singing, loving. Bottom line it is all about loving others. And isn’t that what He said was the finest commandment; to love others?
Love and blessings from me and “mybellaviews.”