You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.
Other ways to say the same thing. Faith without results is a fraud. So is works without faith. There is no salvation without results. Genuine faith will always lead to obedience. Faith and works are flip sides of the same coin.
We are called to love our neighbor. Go ask the Lord, as did the lawyer, "Who is my neighbor?" (Luke 10:29) The answer might surprise you.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 135
Evening: Psalm 60
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