“You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.”

A common saying is, “Actions speak louder than words.” The meaning of this saying is clear: we show what we truly mean and give value to by acting in accordance with that value. We will always give the most time and attention to the things we care about the most. If we say we value a certain thing or person, yet give no time or action to this person or thing, it should be questioned how much we truly care. The same is true in our faith.

Faith always acts. James told us that it is foolish to think you can be saved by faith that does not result in good works. Real faith goes and does. You can’t separate true faith from action. To be clear, we never act so that we might gain salvation. Instead, we act because of our faith that we have already received salvation through the finished work of Christ. Our salvation has been gained by works, but not our own.

How do you know that your faith is genuine? It is evidenced through good works. What you do speaks so much louder than the words you say. Faith expresses itself in noble conduct and righteous deeds. A person is made right with God not by a barren faith but by fruitful actions. There is no justification in mere words. Words can be empty. To say you have faith, but lack showing it in action, is null and void. Good works and obedience affirm that our faith is real. And, faith compels us to constantly do good and act obediently before the Father.

• How can you actively demonstrate your faith, love, and trust in God today?

• Where might you have spoken words claiming faith that were not supported by your actions in the past? What needs to change?

• Pray for faith that is lived out and not just spoken.