Daily Devotions

Living Faith Acts Out

“You will do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”James 2:8

 

Living Faith Acts Out

“You will do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”James 2:8

 

Have you ever seen a child “act out”? What does that mean? I remember a young child “acting out” toward his parents because they had had to leave him for a few days. Both parents were required to travel for their jobs at the same time. When they returned the child “acted out” of the complicated feelings going on inside of him, He had no words to say, “I felt abandoned.” He didn’t know how to tell them, “I was afraid” He couldn’t vocalize “I didn’t understand where you were.” Since he did not know how to verbalize those feelings and fears everything came “out” in his behavior. He “acted out.”

God intends for us to “act out” our faith. The letter of James refers to the “royal law.” This is a unique phrase in the New Testament. But if we consider how God is King of kings and Lord of lords, then perhaps the phrase “royal law” is another way of saying this is “God’s Will” for our lives. This “royal law” is James’ way of saying, “here is how God wants us to ACT OUT our faith in relation to the people of the world which God so loves.”

We have been loved relentlessly and graciously by God. In Jesus we have been lived for, died for, risen for and forgiven. We have been made new by our Baptism into Christ. The love of God has been planted in our lives. So here is what God wants for us. This is what God intends for our living, growing faith. God wants us to “act out” the love which Jesus came to share. “Love one another as I have loved you,” Jesus said. (John 15:12) 

Love is the way Christians “act out.” We may not have eloquent words to express our faith. We may not have the words to win a theological debate. But we can love. We can care deeply and listen intently and reach out with a compassionate touch. We can serve our neighbors in need. We can visit the lonely. We can love. 

What does faithful “acting out” look like in your life?

 

Open our hearts, Lord. We want to respond to our world with the Love of Jesus. We want to reach and touch others in the way we have been touched by our Lord and Savior. Open our hearts, Lord. We want to be Jesus’ hands and feet.