We have trouble with the concepts of faith and works.
It's so important to know that works don't save us, but works follow all genuine salvations.
Galatians and James use Abraham to illustrate the works-faith contrast:
Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” ...those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse. Galatians 3:6-14
Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? ...his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did... a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. James 2:21-24
The key ingredient is love.
if we love Jesus, we will obey Him and fulfill His purposes for our lives (John 14:15,23). If we don't love Him, our works are filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).
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