“...the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Believers who take their faith-and-works as seriously as James insists can expect to receive some negative attention in this world. Sometimes, we’re swimming against the current of a lukewarm “Christian” culture that can’t stand any exercise or hint of obligation. But, we are standing on firm foundations when we stand for a faith and a theology that works for the sake of love. As our spiritual forebears and the Lord himself suggests, it’s high time we gave more attention to those works of mercy and piety that the Spirit of Christ inspires in his people--“the works [they] did at first” (Revelation 2:5).