I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “Faith Without Works Is Dead” a million times, but have you taken a moment to really dive into what this really means? Have you heard of “Living Faith?” Living Faith is Real Faith … Faith that is alive. The evidence of Living Faith is found if it is accompanied by works, and unfortunately if it does not have works … it is dead.
If you truly believe in something, you will follow through with your actions, and not be hindered by fear or immobility. I think Matthew Henry’s commentary says it best:
(1) The best works, without faith, are dead; they want their root and principle. It is by faith that any thing we do is really good, as done with an eye to God, in obedience to him, and so as to aim principally at his acceptance.
(2) The most plausible profession of faith, without works, is dead: as the root is dead when it produces nothing green, nothing of fruit. Faith is the root, good works are the fruits, and we must see to it that we have both. We must not think that either, without the other, will justify and save us. This is the grace of God wherein we stand, and we should stand to it.
James 2:17 AMPC – “So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).”