For a reminder of what I’m doing this month, read this post.
James 1: 21-22
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
I feel like these verses speak for themselves, but will try to add my two cents anyway. I have my fifth case of tonsillitis for the year (yep, once a month) and I’m starting to really feel the effects of the infection. At the moment, all I want to do is crawl onto the couch and not get up again.
The first verse gives us instructions on right living – put off wickedness and accept the Word of the Lord, which has the power to save our souls. It has this power because it directs us to Jesus, not because it has any saving power of its own. If we worshipped the Bible, it would not get us anywhere. However, it is very important to take these words that God spoke into the Bible and put them into practice in our own lives. We can preach out of the Bible all we want about all the sins everyone else is committing, but if we do not pay attention to our own sins, it does us no good. We can talk about the importance of giving to the poor, widows and orphans, but if we neglect the poor around us, we are only hearing and not doing.
Today, try to put into practice something you have learned from God’s word. Give a word of encouragement to someone in need, treat a homeless person to lunch, sign up to sponsor a child through World Vision or another similar plan, or simply show your family the love that God has shown you.
This verse comes from VOTD.