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Online Bible Verses about Faith vs. Works - Hebrews 6:10

Updated on August 3, 2012

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”

Hebrews 6:10

We do not have to look far for people in need of help. Take a look at your resources, coupled with what God has placed on your heart. Then act.

This verse, as is often the case, comes in as timely. For reasons only known to Him, there are two people right now who He has given to me. They are in need of help, and I am the guy to provide it. No need to get into detail, but they have been on my mind this week. My heartfelt belief, He has put them there, and they will remain as such until I make my move. It will make me feel happy, for the right reasons. Reasons He lays out for us in scripture, so we do not fall into the trap of concocting our own. Man’s tendency, to do what we deem good. That word again, “good”. Good can easily be associated with works. The concept of good works lays out a trap. A trap which requires defining good along with relative bad. The end analysis stacking up good vs. bad, with the hope that we will ultimately land in a state where the good column contains more. Who can decide what good entails, when we all have differing views of how the scoring should be done? Even in our lives, what was OK 20 years ago would not be interpreted as such now. Outside of ourselves, what one sees as OK might not qualify to another. What then, can we do? We can refer to He who has sole authority to categorize and define good. See Romans Chapter 3, verse 11, and realize the futility of trying to be good in and of ourselves. Rather, in acting in accordance with His will, give Him the credit, being thankful He has freed us from the uncertainty in attempting to keep a scorecard based on what we do and fail to do.

He does not keep a scorecard, which is a good thing for me. And motivates me to help others for the right reasons.

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      BrianMI6 5 years ago from Michigan

      How good works fit into the Christian life is a very thin line. God's people are to be motivated to do good works from the heart via the Holy Spirit living within. The unsaved, however, look to good works as money with which to bribe the great judge of all the earth on judgement day. When he brings out the books and people are judged for their sins they will hold up their good works in hopes that they will balance the scales in some ways.

      Of course, God says that even the so-called righteousness of sinners is filthy rags. The term "rags" in that text being the same word for soiled menstrual cloths. When someone holds up their good works to God in hopes that they will engender him to them and bribe him into showing them mercy, they don't know it but they're handing him a dirty tampon.

      From the outside, you see two people doing the same types of things. Two people working in a soup kitchen. One is a Christian who does it out of love for God and obedience to the call to love his fellow man. The other does it because it makes him feel righteous and that he's "doing good". He is doing something kind for someone else but he is doing it with corrupted motives and thus, his works are displease the Lord.

      The whole thing is very much like the story of Cain and Abel. Both offered a sacrifice to the Lord, but Cains sacrifice was rejected because it was offered in a way that was not humble while Abel's was accepted.

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      lucabrasi 5 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Well put. Direct and absolute. No kid gloves.

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