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Good Works - blog from the new Justice book

Good Works - blog from the new Justice book

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

James 2:26 NKJV

But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 1

John 3:17 NKJV 

These scriptures show us that both faith and love are expressed by a corresponding action. Whether we are doing something for someone or giving something to someone both faith and love are expressed by action. “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16 NKJV) Jesus showed us his love by dying for us. What we really believe we live. Faith is more than a belief and love is more than a feeling. Let me be clear. We don’t work for salvation, but we do workout our salvation. John Wimber said, “People who are saved act like it.” Jesus came to save us from our sins and ourselves. Jesus didn’t just die for us; he died as us so that we would not just live for ourselves. The most miserable existence is one of sel shness. I find it interesting how many Christian church going people are depressed and even medicated for depression. If you want to be cheerful listen to the timeless advice of Mark Twain who said, “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”17 Please understand I am not judging anyone. What I am simply saying is, if we lived our lives by focusing less on ourselves, we would probably be a lot less depressed. 

Healthy people love themselves because they understand that God has chosen to love them. They understand that they are loved by God and a lot of their life is spent on trying to love others because they know that they are loved. If you really experience the love of God, it is impossible to not give it away.

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Poverty

Poverty

Poverty is not only a lack of money, it’s also a lack of opportunity. Steve Stewart founder of Impact Nations said, “opportunity unlocks potential.” Where poverty is, potential is not. Because human beings are priceless potential is expensive. The best thing we can invest in is people. The greatest investment is to give to someone who can not give you anything in return.

Poverty is also economic oppression. Sometimes the oppressor is without, and sometimes the oppressor is within. Sometimes the oppression is hopelessness. When someone is hopeless they feel helpless. When you give someone hope you are actually giving them help. When people are hungry and do not have access to clean water they suffer unnecessarily. It’s hard to work and learn when your stomach hurts because of you don’t have access to clean water, or you have a headache because you are hungry. Also the poor are also often oppressed by corrupt police or under policed because they have nothing. Not always but often your voice is as loud as your pocket is deep.

We should be a voice for those who have no voice. We should should extend a hand to the needy instead of just assuming they are lazy. The wisest and richest man to ever live said, “when you give to the poor you are lending to the Lord.” Jesus said, “what you have done to the least of these you have done to me.” In the kingdom of God you don’t have what you saved, you have what you gave. We store up treasure in heaven by giving to the poor of the earth. If you would like to invest in the poor click here.