In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not
accompanied by action, is dead.
will say, "You have faith; I have deeds."
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will
show you my faith by what I do.
Faith and Deeds
"I can fly by flapping my arms really fast.
I've never tried it and I have no desire to
prove it, but I'm sure of this." Just as
this statement is ridiculous, so is faith
without evidence to back it up.
Many people get confused about faith and deeds
but it is really simple. Deeds are of no
value themselves. We can't follow the law
perfectly and that is the end of our deeds.
But deeds are evidence of our faith.
A person can say that they have faith all they
want. When a situation comes where faith
is requires, that is the true test of whether
they have faith. This is where deeds come
in. Will their deeds back up their faith
or will their deeds show that their faith is in
their own ability and that of other people.
When it comes to finances, do we give to God
first and then trust Him to supply our needs, or
do we make sure our needs are met before giving?
These deeds are evidence of our faith. We
can talk all that we want, but do our deeds
reflect where our faith lies?
Essentially, James is saying, "Sure, you talk
the talk, but do you also walk the walk?"
True faith is lived, not just talked about.
It is expressed in deeds, not words.