This is a little tricky, but I have to ask you in an effort to clarify your
position: are you saved by works or grace or both?
Are not the "works of faith" an outward evidence of a changed heart? Selah.
(Selah is a word from the Psalms that means pause and reflect on
Does not your strength to obey come from the joy of your salvation through
Where is boasting then? There may be good works in the life of a
Christian, but they come FROM the grace, the works do not bring the grace, nor
do they validate the faith! The good works are a result of the faith and grace at
work in the heart. A man is justified by grace through faith so nobody can
really boast about it
Please my brother (or sister) do not make the grace of God
"of no effect" by adding the law to it (read
Galatians 3), but let grace have its perfect work in you by bringing
obedience based on faith and not on the law.
Many years ago when I was a young teenager I asked a preacher a question
about a passage I had read about grace. I was hungry for God and "ripe"
for the harvest. Instead of inviting me to know Christ and taking me into
the fold, this pastor scared me away with a legalistic interpretation of James
2:20. I spent my youth away from God partly because someone misinterpreted
this passage to me and it was years before I found my way back.
Indeed God calls us to a radical, sacrificial, cross bearing, world denying
lifestyle of obedience. But we can never obtain that lifestyle by our own
efforts or by keeping an outward "law", be it a "Christian" law or Mosaic.
That changed life can only come through the inward "law" of the Spirit of life
in Christ, His living in us as we are crucified, yet alive; new creations full
of faith and grace, living a Spirit-filled life of fellowship and communion with