James 2:14-18 (NIV)

14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?1 Can such faith save him?15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.2 16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?3 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.4 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds,5 and I will show you my faith6 by what I do.7

James 2:15-16 (NIV)

15 If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?

DEVOTION – Wade Griffith (Alabama)

When I was 25 years old, I decided to travel to Ireland for a little adventure.  I met some other young adults in a hostel, and one night three of us were walking down a street in Dublin when a disheveled – looking man and women approached us asking for money to buy Food.  Despite the objections of one of our party, we gave them the equivalent of $5.00.  As the couple walked away, the person who had objected told us that he suspected they would use the money for drugs or alcohol.  He then announced that he was going to follow them to prove it!

Somewhat unwillingly, my other companion and I went along.  We followed the couple across the River Liffey down a street where Raucous laughter filled the air as people drifted in and out of the many pubs.  Just as my friend began to say, “I told you so,” the couple appeared coming out of a convenience store with two sandwiches.  In silence, we all looked at one another and realized  that the sandwiches weren’t the most important gifts given that day.  The gift we had received was a reminder that we are not called to judge human hearts.  We are simply called to emulate Jesus by responding with compassion to the human needs we encounter.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God calls us to show compassion, not judgment.

PRAYER: Dear Jesus, help us to be like you by responding to human needs with compassion rather than judgment.  Amen.