James 1:16-27:But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves....But those who [are] not hearers who forget but doers who act-they will be blessed in their doing.
An article in the Economist described frustrated efforts to get two nations together for mediation. When one nation’s representative did not show up, the writer said the envoy could do little to broker peace “if he was talking to a half-empty room.”
Halfhearted participation also subverts any attempt to bring peace within the soul. If we speak boldly of our faith, but do not live it out in our actions and choices, then we “talk to a half-empty room.” We also do little to bring peace if we choose compassionate, loving actions but do not attribute their existence to our compassionate and loving God.
The letter of James tells of the need to integrate word and deed, to “be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.” It concludes that, “those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act--they will be blessed in their doing.”
If we glorify God through loving kindness, we invite an inner peace. We will know that we have not only spoken of God in human words, but have also spoken of God in loving actions. Both choices--word and action--must speak together.
The Word of God cannot broker peace when spoken to a half-empty room.
Psalm 88; Joel 2:28-3:8; Luke 26: 1-9
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