What is the Evidence of Your Faith?

If you are wise and understand God’s
ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility
that comes from wisdom.

James
3:13(NLT)

“Prove
it” taunt the hands-on-hips schoolgirls when I brag about my full splits on
both sides.

“Prove
it” think those who know I’m a Christian.

I
don’t have to prove my salvation. I most sincerely believe that Jesus is the
Son of God who died and was resurrected so I can stand before a Holy God
completely forgiven. I’m free to live any way I choose with full assurance that
my sins are covered.

However
someday we will all have to answer when God asks “Why did you choose a life
that you know displeases me? Didn’t you understand my teaching?”

We
can’t earn salvation through works, but James calls for proof that we are wise
and understand God’s ways.

As
Christians we know something about Jesus’ teaching. Even new believers know
about His love and sacrifice. If we fully understand what Jesus did on the
cross, shouldn’t gratitude for God’s salvation prompt us to want to know and please
Him?

The
Greek word used for understanding means to have expert knowledge which comes
from reading scripture and allowing the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to its
meaning. And wisdom is very practical – applying this truth to our lives in
light of experience.

So
wisdom and knowledge of God’s way means knowing His teachings and their
spiritual implications and applying them to our lives. Hence, James says:

Our good works are evidence that we
understand God’s way. (tweet this)

Proof.

God’s love can’t be earned. He loves you
no matter what. May His love for you prompt good works.

#SeedsOfScripture #faithvsworks
#gooddeed

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