If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? — James 2: 15–16
Our belief in Jesus Christ prompts us to become active in charity. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1: 22). This call to action in the epistle of James is closely related to the thought that faith without corresponding works is dead (James 2: 17).
- Jesus Christ is our example in charity.
- Love for our neighbour alleviates need in our interpersonal relationships and allows us to coexist in harmony with others.
- Our charity is also called for in view of the upcoming divine service for the departed.