|Faith or Works or Both?
It all sounds pretty easy doesn’t it? If that were the end of the story, it would be easy. But James, theleader of the early church in
It is clear that both are looking for evidence that a person has real faith in Jesus. It’s not that the evidence (works) save the person. The evidence simply verifies the faith the person has. The true person of faith will live a life that reflects that faith. And this is why it is important that a new, or old for that matter, Christian should be reading in God’s word constantly to discover the characteristics of a life pleasing to God. Frankly, this can be a life-long endeavor. There are many characteristics of a Godly life and obtaining those characteristics can often be difficult.
For example, read the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7 and you will find enough to keep you occupied for quite a while.
* Do not swear at all
* Do not resist one who is evil. ...if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
* Give to him who begs from you.
* Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
* And when you fast...
* ...do not be anxious about your life...
* Judge not, that you be not judged...
And so on. Get in the Bible. Learn how to live as a Child of God. Live as a person who believes that God loved you so much, He was willing to sacrifice His only Son so you would not have to pay the price for your own sins. Live a life trusting God has your best interest at heart and will take care of you.
Being a Christian Ain’t Easy, but it is well worth the effort!