What Good Is It?

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.

St. James


4 comments on “What Good Is It?

  1. Bill, James’ haunting remarks gnawed at me for years but with life’s journey being one of two jobs to pay for medical bills, caregiving for a health challenged wife, raising a daughter, and taking care of a household, there just wasn’t much time left to be a blessing to others. This season of life has a totally different twist. Especially since retirement, the day starts with a very loose schedule in hand but many times the phone will ring from friends, neighbors, or family wanting some light handiwork done or something hauled to their house or away from their house. This list goes on with every day being a totally different day than the last. Some times the phone will ring with an invitation to have lunch or dinner. I never know how the day will end when I start the day. This season of life is the best ever for me. Today the temperature will be 65 and tomorrow 75. It makes for good outside time after a long cold Winter. Spring really is here.

    Have a great faith actions day.


    • Bill says:

      It’s great that you’re enjoying this season of life. But I have to disagree with you on something: taking care of your wife and daughter IS being a blessing to others. 🙂

      It’s still raining here. I have no idea when we’ll be able to plant, but it won’t be any time soon. That’s just the way it goes some years.


  2. Faith should be something that produces seeds of life, the care this earth needs to witness and see. James’s words speak truth.


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