Sermon Snap Shot February 19, 2017

Sermon Snap Shot February 19, 2017

Last week I made the point that the three areas of focus mentioned by Micah are boiled down to two by Jesus. Doing justice and loving kindness are rolled into the command to “love our neighbor as ourselves” and “walking humbly with God” correlates to loving God with our heart, mind, soul and strength. Two things to focus on are certainly easier than three, but as I’ve noted it is quite easy to get so focused on the things that build up our relationship with God (through works of piety like worship, prayer, study, etc.) that we forget about the need to love and serve our neighbor (through works of mercy, service and compassion).
 
Today’s epistle and others in the New Testament would actually have us boil these two areas of focus down to one main thing: to love our neighbor as ourselves. The apostle Paul writes in both Romans (13:8-10) and Galatians (5:14) that all of the Law is fulfilled in this one command.
 
James wants us to see that faith and works are not opposites but two sides of the same coin. What’s the best way to express our love for God? How might I show the world how much I am “on fire” for Jesus? By loving my neighbors – those who bear God’s image and likeness just like I do. The most tangible way to express our love for God is to engage in life-changing acts of love for our neighbors – caring for them, welcoming them, advocating for them – each and every day.
 
From Sunday, February 19, 2017 message from James2:14-26, “Foundations: A Living One…Not a Dead One”
 
 
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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