James 2:26: “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”
When we looked at James 2:17, we distinguished between dead faith and no faith. No faith means that a person has never trusted in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins. A dead faith is simply a faith that isn’t breathing, isn’t working.
Keep in mind there are two incorrect views of the interplay between faith and works. The first puts a person’s works on a scale and if the good outweighs the bad, they are acceptable in God’s eyes. The second incorrect view wants to avoid any perception of trying to earn salvation, so they avoid works altogether or project a false humility. Both views are incorrect.
The correct view sees deeds as a natural product of faith.
Some questions to consider:
-How are your works for God keeping your faith in Jesus alive and active?-What are some keys to keeping your faith vibrant?