Thought for the Day: As much as I agree with James, it almost feels as if he is using a little bit of guilt in referencing Rahab. It’s as if James is saying to his readers, “You know Rahab, who was a foreign prostitute, well she even stepped up and put her faith to work. If she could, with everything she had going against her, why can’t you?” I always want to be very cautious in regard to the use of guilt, yet there are times when the inspirational work of one person challenges the less than excellent work of another. Maybe there is some guilt woven into it somewhere, but the inspiration tends to awaken and empower us. Maybe we had convinced ourselves we couldn’t do it, and then someone comes along who proves our assumption wrong. Some will feel guilt, but I think God is hoping for an Aha Moment that opens possibilities never before perceived.
Prayer: Continue to bring before us, O God, those who will encourage, challenge, inspire and motivate us for the good work that gives life to faith. Amen.
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