Verse of the Day

Suppose a brother or a sister has no clothes or food.  Suppose one of you says to them, “Go. I hope everything turns out fine for you. Keep warm. Eat well.” And suppose you do nothing about what they really need. Then what good have you done?

— James 2:15-16

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"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." -- 1 John 4:7 A simple man exploring the mysteries of love - TSP
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5 Responses to Verse of the Day

  1. Fariba says:

    Reminds me that I am to be a blessing to others. Poor Haitians have a proverb that “God gives but doesn’t share”. We who have much have been entrusted with much. Our blessings are responsibilities. We are entrusted with much so that we can share them with others. We are stewards not keepers. The verse from James reminded me of a post that went viral a few years ago that criticized people who say they are blessed with material possessions. I didn’t know how to respond at the time. The author was concerned that Christians thought that their material goods were reflections of God’s love for the wealthy or for those who worn hard or for those who are American. Unfortunately, many do think like this. But it seems to me that when we forget that when we do not see our possessions as blessings we think of them as deserved. A blessing is something freely given and a responsibility. It is the latter that is often forgotten by Christians. If recognition of a blessing does not make me immediately concerned to share the blessing with others then I have misunderstood what a blessing is. Such a rich, thought-provoking verse. Thanks.

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  2. Fariba says:

    *When we do not see our possessions as blessings then we think we deserve them. (Typing on my phone never works well 🙂 )

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  3. Faith without works is dead! Works without faith is just as dead! Great Verse! James is sometimes very underrated!! God bless you richly!!

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