But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. James 2:18 NRSV

Thought

Faith and works are partners in Christ. Faith without works is mere rhetoric. It does little good only to talk about faith. “So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” (James 2:17 NRSV). The power of faith comes from living in faithfulness to God. It is demonstrating your faith to others in good works. As a response to grace, faith is an active, breathing force. It is the pulse of your spiritual life.

Prayer

God, it requires little to speak of faith; it demands far more to live by faith. May my works in your name reflect the faith of my heart. Amen.

Assurance

I live my faith through works.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012