What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. —James 2:14-26

What evidence is there that you have truly put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation? Anyone can say they have faith. But it is the working of faith in a person’s life that truly shows he is saved. Faith is active, not passive. Faith works.

The Holy Spirit of God resides in the one who has truly trusted Jesus. “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good” (I Corinthians 12:7). That manifestation of the Spirit is seen by the use of the spiritual gifts a follower of Jesus is given. These spiritual gifts are given for the common good and will be active. That is why faith will have works of service. How can one who truly has the Holy Spirit of God not show forth works?

The Apostle Paul said in Acts 26:20— “First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.” Faith which includes repentance is “demonstrated” by deeds. There is no way around this. If you indeed are a follower of Jesus then there will be evidence.

Dear Father, may I faithfully live for You today and may Your Spirit be seen working in and through my life in the authority of Jesus Your Son. So be it!

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