“Faith Active In Love” ( 1 John 3: 18, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“My children,” writes the author of 1 John, “love must not be a matter of words or talk; it must be genuine and show itself in action.”

James writes, “My brothers, what use is it for a man to say he has faith when he does nothing to show it? Can that faith save him? Suppose a brother or a sister is in rags with not enough food for the day, and one of you says, ‘Good luck to you, keep yourself warm, and have plenty to eat’, but does nothing to supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So with faith; if it does not lead to action, it is in itself a lifeless thing.” (James 2:14-17) He tells us, “The kind of religion which is without stain or fault in the sight of God is this: to go to the help of orphans and widows in their distress and keep oneself untarnished by the world.” (James 1:27)

Paul writes, “The only thing that counts is faith active in love.” (Galatians 5:6) He warns, “I may have faith strong enough to move mountains; but if I have no love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2)

Love is not a lifeless thing. Although kind words are involved, love is primarily action directed for the benefit of our fellow humankind. Love looks for opportunities to show others the same love God shows to us. Therefore, says Paul: “Put love first.” (1 Corinthians 14:1) After all, love is everlasting.

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“Renewal Of Your Mind” (Romans 12: 2, ESV) by Carley Evans


Paul says that we are saved by faith. James says faith without works is dead. Together faith and works make up our salvation.

The work we do emerges naturally from the renewing of our minds. If our minds are right, then our works will be right. We must have a correct understanding of God, of who He is, what His plan is, and what small parts we play in this event called the universe.

This is not to say that we have to be smart as smart is understood by the world. Rather, we must know the Word of God. The Word must permeate us completely so that in any situation God will bring to mind the exact verse or parable or person of the scriptures to help us in that situation.

Without the Word embedded, we are vulnerable to the world and to our enemy, who hates us because it hates God.

Renewing your mind with the Word of God is a major portion of your armor against evil — your own and that of other people.

“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” (Ephesians 6: 16 – 18)