Friday, April 20, 2012

Faith and Works Together

You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. (Referring to Abraham offering his son Isaac as a sacrifice.) James 2:22 NLT
Faith and actions work together.

If I say I have faith in God, but my actions speak differently, the faith I say I have is just words.  

If I do good deeds for the sake of doing something nice, but my actions are self-serving, they are just nice acts.
We are saved by grace, through faith, and not by works. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Genuine and sincere faith results in actions and behavior pleasing to God. It is not something we have to do, as in, “I have faith in Christ, so now I have to do good deeds.” It is not a requirement to be saved.

God saves us on His own. It is all Him. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves. If we were able to save ourselves through good works, we would not need Jesus.

And we need Jesus!

Genuine and sincere faith changes us from the inside. Changed behavior and good works are a result of our faith. They are results of our desire to follow Christ and live a Godly life.

Changed behavior and good works are an expression of faith.

*NLT Study Bible (Tyndale) used as a reference.

I’m joining Lisa-Jo today for Five Minute Friday, where she offers a writing prompt and for 5 minutes we write, without editing or over thinking. Today’s word prompt: Together.


In Christ,
Laura

15 comments:

  1. Great take on "together"! Yes, they work SO together, faith and works, the works expression of the faith. Amen!

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    1. Sylvia, thanks so much for your visit and comment!

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  2. Happy Friday Laura!
    It all starts on the inside! Thanks for sharing sister! ~ Blessings, Amy

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    1. Happy to have you visit Amy! Thanks for your comment!

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  3. Makes me think of that Rich Mullins song "Faith without works is like a song you can't sing, its about as useless as a screen door on a submarine..."

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  4. Yes, so true, the connection of works coming out of our faith - all a gift from God. Have a blessed weekend, Laura :)

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    1. And to you Dolly! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. YES! love your thoughts here, Laura. Great take on that word...so true. you can't have one without the other...

    Enjoy your weekend, friend!

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    1. It's always a pleasure to read your comments Nikki! A blessed weekend to you!

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  6. Hi Laura:

    We just finished a study of James for our women's Bible study. It is true, genuine faith changes us on the inside and we then desire to do those works for our Savior.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  7. So true Laura!

    True faith changes us from the inside which makes us question our real purpose, beliefs and deeds.

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  8. It's so true that faith is a wonderful tool that can help us do many things. Great post.

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  9. Yes, this is so true. We're saved by grace. Works are an expression of our faith.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  10. It's so easy to speak the words--far harder to act in the same way. I love the relationship of them working together.

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!