In my most recent blog on standing up for the poor I said this
“I have seen so many poor who may not have great financial wealth but they have a wealth that you cannot count in monetary terms. They have a richness of spirit and perhaps that is the greatest wealth of all and sometimes they put the wealthiest of the wealthiest to shame”.
Well it would seem it was noticed because someone commented that I should read James 2
So here it is, why should I keep scripture to myself.
Warning against Partiality
“My brothers and sisters,do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in,and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?
You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For the one who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For judgment will be without mercy to anyone who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
Faith without Works Is Dead
What good is it, my brothers and sisters,[e] if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 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? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder. Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith apart from works is barren? Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was brought to completion by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. Likewise, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another road? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead”.
I’m sort of amazed that people are stopping to read my blogs. When I write them I’m not always looking at the Bible. I am praying what do you want me to say oh Lord. They say that God uses the least of his servants to do the most of his work . I am not sure if that relates to me I have yet to develop that ministry which God has laid upon my heart. Clearly it would seem that some of what I write really does resonate with them. I am a man with a deep and abiding faith and I have lots to say and I hope along the way my words might inspire others to go on and do great things in his name. Whatever I write in a religious sense does not belong to me alone then perhaps nothing I write belongs to me alone
Brother and Sisters in Jesus Christ I feel so humble and unworthy. The same person who commented initially, commented again after I thanked them
Agent X http://fatbeggars.wordpress.com/ and said ” it is a verse that has eluded me for years and then in recent months it has been central to so many important conversations. Then I read your wonderful post (what a breath of fresh air , too btw) and I recognized it in your words” Dear friends I am so overcome because I am not an overly educated man. Right now millions of different emotions are going through my head and I don’t know where to start except to say thank you to everyone who cares to read my words. I am due to travel up to Didsbury on the 8th of September. I could always travel up a day earlier if someone would allow me to preach Gods word in their Church you never know what might happen.