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4 What good is
it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show
it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and
you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but
then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does
Our faith should show itself in our works, but we have to be careful (speaking from experiencing) not to let works go ahead of the faith. In some church traditions it's easy to get caught up in doing the right things without the right motives. We can't earn our way to heaven, Jesus did that for us on the cross, but he does expect us to reach out and do "works" because of our faith.