James 2:17-18 (NLT)
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it’s dead and useless. Now some may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”
We need to understand that the “good deeds” spoken about in this scripture is not doing good in an attempt to please God or prove your faith in Him.
The truth is, people see the substance of your faith in your actions/good deeds. Good works before men is the evidence of your faith because your actions are what they see. Your faith in Jesus Christ produces good works because “He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do good things he planned for us long ago.” Eph 2:10 (NLT) Hallelujah. We’ve been created unto good works so we walk in them. Praise God! We don’t struggle to produce good deeds, faith is the root, good works are the fruits. You’re God’s workmanship and He’s working in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Give Him praise.