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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

77- To Examine Faith Through Deeds

 

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2-To Examine Faith Through Deeds

This is because the apostle says “I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:18), as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. Through deeds you can examine your faith if it is alive or dead because “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:20), and a dead faith can not save anyone (James 2:14).

Saint Paul the apostle, spoke a great deal about the importance of faith. We see him say: “They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him " (Titus 1: 16). In his first letter to Timothy he stresses upon this point and says, “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Tim. 5:8). The young widows overcame their dedication to Christ because “they have cast off their first faith.” (1 Tim. 5: 12). Those who love money “have strayed from the faith “ (1 Tim. 6:10), and those who are interested in impure and false chatter “strayed concerning the faith.” (1 Tim. 6:21).

Therefore, the person's behaviour may be a test of his faith. Saint John the apostle, said “I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. “ (1 John 2:4), “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” (1 John 2:6), and thus we say:


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