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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

On Interstate 85 in Georgia, a billboard asks: “If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” In James 2:20-26, James highlights the importance our actions going hand in hand with our faith. James does not want believers to get caught in the trap of having a dead faith – a faith that isn’t real and doesn’t last. How do we have a dead faith? It happens by believing one thing and acting a different way. For example, if we say that knowing scripture is important but don’t read the Bible, we are not living in a way that's consistent with what we say.

When it comes to Christianity, we show evidence of true faith and how Jesus lives in us through our actions. James is not trying to say that you have to work to gain salvation, but rather that your works are a result of your salvation. If we claim to be followers of Christ, we must show it in our lives. Having an overflow of love for Jesus makes us want to love and serve others. If Jesus truly lives in us and works in us, change will happen! James wants believers to experience the real thing; he wants us to have genuine faith. We must do that by letting our lives reflect what we believe.


  • What evidence do you see that your faith is changing the way you live?
  • How can you better reflect Jesus in your day-to-day life?

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