“Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.”(Habakkuk 2:4)
This is the verse that started the reformation. It is quoted in Romans, Galatians and Hebrews. We are not saved by works; we are saved by grace for works. In other words, the faith that does not change your life will not save your life.
(Ephesians 2:8-10) “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Paul is speaking of everyone who believes. Once you are forgiven, you begin to do things that honor God and in that He reveals His righteousness to those around us. Faith should be living and active. If you believe in what Jesus said, it should affect your life. You should begin to want to go to church; you should want to hang out with other believers. You should begin loving God and loving people. These things are an overflowing of your faith. It starts with faith and overflows to good works. If you do not see good works as a result of your faith, you should be concerned. If we stand on our own righteousness then we stand ashamed. If we accept Jesus as our Savior and we stand in His righteousness, then we stand not ashamed.
“We are saved by faith alone.”
Heavenly Father,Thank You for loving me and saving me by grace through faith. Thank You that it is not something that I have to strive for, hoping my good outweighs my bad. Thank You that it is by faith. Lord, please show me opportunities to do good works in Your name. In Jesus’ name, Amen
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