Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

James 2:18-20 NLT

[18] Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”

[19] You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.

[20] How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?

Reflection . . .

It’s interesting that those exact words, “You have faith, I have good works!” have been spoken by such “good people”, well meaning and nice people. Good works are so often the focus because they are tangible, they can been seen, evaluated and rewarded, even if only an acknowledgement of Thanks.

Good works on their own, however, are not enough!

We need faith in order for good works to be of real value.

On the other hand, faith without works is dead! Someone who has faith will show their faith in Jesus Christ by their good works! It’s pretty straight forward. Faith changes our thinking, our hearts desires, and it changes our actions, how we live. Having faith means that we no longer live for ourselves, we live for Christ and we show our love for him as we bless others!

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:8-10 NLT