Active Faith Shows That You Trust God By Doing

Active faith shows your faith by your works. In other words, you show that you believe in God by how you live your life.

Updated: Thursday, July 21, 2022

STM Bible Lesson: James 2:17-18

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Active faith

Even so, faith, if it does not have works, is dead, being alone. 18 But a man may say, You have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works [James 2:17-18 (RKJNT)].

James asked a very interesting question. You say you have faith; what good is it when you fail to do good things to show it? Now ask yourself, “do I have active faith”? This simple lesson can help you put your faith into action. Faith without action is dead and useless.

No one benefits from inactive faith. Make others know that you are a person of faith by what you do. Proverbs 20:11 Even a child makes himself known by his doings, whether his work is pure, and whether it is right. (WEB)

Your fruit/works

Since Jesus said, ‘You can know [recognize] them by their fruits1“. Are you a person that claims to trust God but does not help those in need [see James 2:15-16]? Anyone can carry a Bible, wear a cross, and appear faithful to God. More importantly, a person of true faith produces fruit (works) influenced by the Holy Spirit. AKA, the fruit of the Spirit.

What is faith?

Faith is having a firm belief in God without proof that He exists. In addition, it is constant trust in the Bible and in Jesus for salvation. Actually, you show it in your actions and attitude (way of thought).

Examples of active faith

Abraham put his faith into action. For this reason, he was willing to offer Isaac (his son) as a burnt offering2.

Hebrews 11:31

Rahab: By [having] faith, Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed along with the disobedient [inhabitants of Jericho] because she welcomed the [twelve] spies in peace3. (AUV)

Noah: By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not seen as yet moved with godly respect. He prepared an ark to save his house [from Hebrews 11:7]. I urge you to read Hebrews 11:4-40, it gives many accounts of ‘active faith’.

In conclusion

Just as the body without the spirit is dead; even so faith without works is dead [James 2:26 (NSB)].

Do you show true faith if you do nothing? The best way to show your faith is by the way you live (your activity). Unselfishly give to others and be willing to give up even the dearest things in your life. Demonstrate that you trust God by doing. Put your faith into action.

Blessings to you and your loved ones— Tim.

Related Bible studies:

See what is available on the Sound Truth Ministry website.

Reference Scriptures

Note: parenthesis encloses the key verse(s).

James 2:14-26 (17-18). References: 1 Matthew 7:15-20 (16 and 20). 2 Genesis 22:1-19 {Abraham’s active faith}. 3 Joshua 2:1-24 {Rahab hides the spies}.


7 thoughts on “Active Faith Shows That You Trust God By Doing

  1. Updated: Thursday, July 21, 2022; FYI, comments are working again!

  2. Hello Laura, I apologize for the delayed response. Thank you for your support and yes, please republish any of the articles!

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  4. Active Faith
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    Make sure your faith is active with this short Bible lesson ‘Active Faith’: <<-- the link. Message in the picture: faith works – active faith G=0 F=6 P=8 I=0

  5. This Bible lesson encouraged me to work harder at being a doer of the Word, acting on what I believe, putting faith into action.
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  6. Hi there,

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  7. Active Faith
    Monday, May 22, 2017
    Can you show your #faith if you do nothing? The best way to show you #trust God is by the way you #live (your activity). That is as your #life aligns with the word of God.

    Scripture for the day:
    James 2:17-18 In the same way, faith by itself—that does nothing [if it does not have works]—is dead.

    18 [But] Someone might say, “You have faith, but I have deeds [works].” Show me [Prove; Demonstrate] your faith without doing anything [works], and I will show you [prove; demonstrate] my faith by what I do [my works].
    [Expanded Bible (EXB)]

    Message in the picture:
    Show your faith by your works – from James 2:18

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