I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if people claim to have faith but have no deeds? Can such faith save them? … As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. … Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. … clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
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