Do something about it

18 10 2010

“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:14-17)

This question of faith vs. deeds is one that will forever be debated. Which is greater? which is needed? Which ensures salvation? This is my opinion. Faith first. Deeds follow. We are saved by faith alone. This we know is true as it says in Ephesians 2:8. There is nothing we can do to gain salvation so that we can not boast in ourselves and say that we did this, or we are good enough for God. None of us is good enough. That’s why day after day I am in awe of the miracle of grace. God gave us a perfect gift of salvation when we did NOTHING to earn it and we will never do anything good enough to earn it. It’s like the love of a parent (so i have heard, I am not a parent so I guess I really can’t say). We will continuously do things that are dumb or disappointing to our parents yet they will love us and foster a great relationship with us and protect us no matter what. They want to see us flourish. And as children, if we in return love our parents, we want to take actions that are in obedience to them, to help them out, to show our love and respect in a tangible way. This is the same as it is toward our Lord. He will love us despite what we do, but if we are truly saved and we truly love Him in return, it will be evident through our deeds and obedience. So can we be saved through works? no. But can you be saved and not show it in your actions? My answer is probably not. Our actions are an overflow of our love.


In His love,




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