The Difference Between Works and Good Works (Mon. Jan. 23)

The word of the day is “by.”  The controversy over faith and works since the Reformation era of the Western Church makes many uncertain about how faith relates to good works.  Today’s reading of James 2:14-26 argues that “good works” are necessary to faith.  The apostle writes, “Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (vs. 18).  In the Orthodox view, the phrase “by my works” suggests an answer to the question of faith’s relationship to good works.  However, a discussion of this phrase shows that faith is not only essential to good works.  But it determines the difference between works and good works (vs. 18). The Source of Good Works The word translated…

The Difference between Works and Good Works (Feb. 8, Mon.)

The word of the day is “by.”  The controversy over faith and works since the Reformation era of the Western Church makes many uncertain about how how faith relates to good works. Today’s reading of James 2:14-26 argues that “good works” are necessary to faith. The apostle writes, “Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (vs. 18).  In the Orthodox view, the phrase “by my works” suggests an answer to the question of faith’s relationship to good works.  However, a discussion of this phrase shows that faith is not only essential to good works  But it determines the difference between works and good works (vs. 18). The Source of Good…