What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?
Faith is a verb; it requires action on your part. Faith in God prompts you to do something, it moves you to share the love of God not only by word but also by deed with those in need. (for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13)
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
If you are listening to the word of God but not applying it to your life and expecting your life to change you’re fooling yourself. That would be like reading about a diet then eating junk food and expecting to lose weight. You have to apply it to your life, you have to change your habits and it has to be a way of life not just a Sunday event.
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
Doing the right thing isn’t always easy, in fact it may be downright hard. If you know the right thing to do and you don’t do it, eventually, it will catch up to you one way or another and it will only make things worse. Admit your mistakes, learn from them, and strive to always do the right thing.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
God is good and every gift from him is good and perfect. Think about all good in your life, your job, your home, your family, and know it’s all a gift from God. Think about the spiritual gifts you’ve been given, they too are a gift from God. Now think about the greatest gift of all, the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, they all come from our heavenly Father. As we go through this holiday season let’s not forget what it’s really about and remember to be grateful for all the gifts from above.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry
‘Tis the season to be jolly. Even though it’s the most wonderful time of the year everyone is busy, stressed out, in a hurry, and not always as polite as they can be. As Christians, let’s try to set an example of how to treat others. Let’s be patient, kind and slow to anger and remember, Jesus is the reason for the season.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
Spiritual wisdom comes from God and it gives you the ability to live a life that is obedient to Him no matter what trials you face. Consistently seek God’s wisdom by reading the Bible and through prayer and you will begin to see the changes in yourself and in your life.
We all need God in our lives, but how do you “draw near to God”? You draw near to him through prayer, praise and worship. You need to take the first step by inviting him into your life and start to experience his goodness for yourself.