Some things are meant to go together. Only one sock or only one glove is next to useless. One cannot do the work of two.

For good health we need a balance of work and rest. Good communication involves both speaking and listening.

In the spiritual realm

We must believe in Jesus as both Son of God (divine) and Son of Man (human). We must have Him as both our Savior and our Lord—not Savior only (Luke 6:46).

Faith is dead without works (James 2:14-26). Hearing God’s word must be accompanied by obedience (James 1:21-25). Giving without love is of no profit (1 Corinthians 13:3).

The first commandment (Love God) cannot work without the second (Love your neighbor). Forgiveness from God cannot be separated from our willingness to forgive others (Matthew 18:21-35). And truth needs tact (Galatians 6:1; Ephesians 4:15; 2 Timothy 2:24-26).

Neither lacking

“This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world” (James 1:27).

What if we’re great in benevolence but lousy in morals? Or what if we are paragons of virtue but help no one? It is not either-or, but both-and.

While the pairs above are not a complete list, perhaps they can help us see where we need to place more emphasis in our lives.

The key is balance.

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