So, yes, James is right. You can talk about how you have great faith, but you know what… if there are no works… um… that’s bad.
Or Paul does the same thing in 1 Corinthians 13. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
So yep. Faith without works is dead. A man without love is nothing.
Thanks be to God that God works faith in people, fills them with His own love, and then works in them and through them.
Rev. Eric J. Brown
Zion Lutheran Church – Lahoma, OK