The Fruit of Belief
Still thinking about James....
There always seems to be a conflicting thought in my mind when it comes to James. James seems to be so centered to doing that the case could be made that one must do in order to earn grace.
For a person who believe that grace is an unearned gift, this presents a challenge.
Every once and a while, God gives me a reminder -- a gift -- that untangles my thoughts where this is concerned. Read this verse from James 1:
Verse 22: But be doers of the word, not merely hearers who deceive themselves.And then in Disciple again this week (R. Dean Lueking's writing really spoke to me), I found this:
Hearing but not doing the truth is unthinkable in the new creation Christ Jesus has brought.To say that one believes in Christ, believes in God, has devoted oneself to following God, and then to do nothing is evidence of self-deception. How can one believe, and then not respond? It's not the response that earns the grace, it's the response that confirms the belief in the grace, in the Christ, in the God.
Don't deceive yourself; instead, believe, and your belief can't help but yield fruit.