My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can't save anyone, can it?
Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat.
What if one of you said, "Go in peace! Stay warm! Have a nice meal!"? What good is it if you don't actually give them what their body needs?
In the same way, faith is dead when it doesn't result in faithful activity.
Someone might claim, "You have faith and I have action." But how can I see your faith apart from your actions? Instead, I'll show you my faith by putting it into practice in faithful action.
It's good that you believe that God is one. Ha! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble with fear.
Are you so slow? Do you need to be shown that faith without actions has no value at all?
What about Abraham, our father? Wasn't he shown to be righteous through his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?
See, his faith was at work along with his actions. In fact, his faith was made complete by his faithful actions.
So the scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed God, and God regarded him as righteous. What is more, Abraham was called God's friend.
So you see that a person is shown to be righteous through faithful actions and not through faith alone.
In the same way, wasn't Rahab the prostitute shown to be righteous when she received the messengers as her guests and then sent them on by another road?
As the lifeless body is dead, so faith without actions is dead.