Jesus, be my FIRST Love always
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“GOD-TALK WITHOUT GOD-ACTS IS OUTRAGEOUS NONSENSE.” (2:17 MSG)
Father, thank You for the faith You have instilled in me and that You continually help to grow. You’ve conveyed the same message in so many ways through James’ pen here in this passage:
“Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything?” (v 14 MSG)
“Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove” (v 18 MSG)
“…faith expresses itself in works” (v 22 MSG)
“…[Abraham’s] faith was made complete by what he did.” (v 22 NIV)
“It’s that meshing of believing and acting that got Abraham named ‘God’s friend.'” (v 23 MSG)
“Is it not evident that a person is made right with God not by a barren faith but by faith fruitful in works?” (v 24 MSG)
“…that seamless unity of BELIEVING & DOING…” (v 26 MSG)
“The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse.” (v 26 MSG)
Keep my life fruitful, Lord. You are the Master Gardener. Even more, You are the Vine and I’m a branch You’ve grafted in by my faith in Your Son’s redemptive work for me. I desire to abide in You (John 15:1-17). As I remain vitally connected to You, may the nutrients of Your heart flow into me and produce from me the kind of fruit that You desire.
How wonderful it is to belong to You, Father! 🙂 How You love me! How You take care of me! I love You, Daddy. Here’s my heart. Take it into Your hands and shape to be just like Jesus.