Published March 6, 2024

18 Bible Verses About Good Works

We are saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, but what does the Bible say about doing good deeds? Here are 18 bible verses about good works.

18 Bible Verses About Good Works
Jeremy Koering
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We are saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, but what does the Bible say about doing good deeds? This question takes us into 18 bible verses about good works that help clarify the salvation from God and the role of good works in our lives.

For Christians, good works serve as a bridge connecting belief with practice, theology with everyday living. They are not the currency we pay for salvation, but rather the natural overflow of a life touched by divine love, reflecting the character and compassion of Christ to those around us.

As we explore the biblical insights into good works, we open our minds and hearts to truly comprehend the profound and abundant wisdom of God’s word on this subject. It’s a reminder of the incredible grace and love that God has for us, and how He desires for us to share that love with others through our actions.

Note: These verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV).

Bible Verses About Good Works

Proverbs 3:27-28

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to do it.

Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,
tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.

Ecclesiastes 9:10

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

Ecclesiastes 12:14

For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 25:40

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

2 Corinthians 5:10

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

Galatians 6:9-10

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Ephesians 2:10

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

1 Timothy 6:17-18

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,

Titus 2:7-8

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

Titus 3:8

The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.

Hebrews 10:24

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

Hebrews 13:16

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

James 1:22

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

James 2:14-17

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Revelation 19:7-8

Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

Revelation 22:12

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.

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