“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action is dead.” – James 2:17
In Ephesians 2:8-9, the apostle Paul remarkably expressed that we are saved not by our own works or efforts, but by God’s grace through faith so that no one can boast.
We might find this contradictory to the apostle James’ view of faith, expressing that faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead (James 2:17).
However, if we try to understand the other writings of Paul, we would find that the two Apostles were both referring to a “genuine faith.”
A Genuine Faith:
1. A real faith must be linked up with love. Paul acknowledged the fact that faith is useless without being able to show the kind of love that God freely gives for all of us (1 Corinthians 13:2-7). Paul was trying to expound to us that a genuine faith should manifest through our actions with the very foundation of God’s love.
2. With great, true faith, comes great love. Paul thought that the greatest among faith, hope and love, is love (1 Corinthians 13:13). Paul must have chosen to say these words because believers should be able to show to others the very characteristics of God in their lives.
Every believer should become a channel of blessing, so every one should bear fruit out of faith, which is primarily love. If real faith could associate with real love that comes from God, then it should follow that a great, true faith should lead to a great and genuine love.
Love is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). We can only bear fruit if we accept, believe, and obey Jesus Christ, because doing so would allow the Spirit of God to be with us (John 14:15-17).
For us as Christians, love is tantamount to potential actions that please God. If we integrate them with our faith just like Paul and James did, then we are sure that our belief in God is not dead.