: “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? …Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone….But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?...For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” - James 2:14, 17,20, 26.
COMMENT: It is vital for us to exercise strong faith in God always in order to overcome the lusts, perils and fears of this life so as to be blessed now and ushered into life everlasting at the end by God's grace. It is by good works in the service of God that we show our faith in Him. James, an apostle of Jesus Christ discoursed the issue extensively in the second chapter of his general epistle. Taken as mere belief in God, anybody can claim to have faith, even the devils do know that God exists. It is when the belief is translated into action, such that it directs our thoughts and shapes our character, that it is reckoned with in the Christian context. It was by their acts of faith, those who served God in time of old obtained a good report. St. Paul gave a catalogue of the works of some of these ancient faithfuls for us to draw inspiration from. After highlighting the faith of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, he added: “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword...” - Hebrews 11: 4-40.