The Apostle James tells us that a faith without deeds is dead. It’s not that we can earn God’s love by what we do. No! The Gospel is clear that God loves his children regardless of what we do or don’t do. But James doesn’t mince words when he tells us that good deeds done in Jesus’ spirit authenticate the faith that one professes to have. Without those deeds, our faith simply cannot grow and have the impact in the world that Jesus intends for his followers.