100 Bible Verses about Good Works

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 376 helpful votes

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.

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 334 helpful votes

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

James 2:14-17 ESV / 313 helpful votes

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.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 277 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

James 2:26 ESV / 170 helpful votes

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Colossians 3:23-24 ESV / 146 helpful votes

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.

James 2:18 ESV / 134 helpful votes

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Hebrews 13:16 ESV / 124 helpful votes

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

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 113 helpful votes

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

John 6:28-29 ESV / 113 helpful votes

Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV / 109 helpful votes

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, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

James 4:17 ESV / 89 helpful votes

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Matthew 7:21-23 ESV / 89 helpful votes

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Romans 2:6-10 ESV / 85 helpful votes

He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.

Proverbs 3:27-28 ESV / 84 helpful votes

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.

1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV / 80 helpful votes

Let all that you do be done in love.

Titus 1:16 ESV / 77 helpful votes

They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.

2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV / 75 helpful votes

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.

Titus 2:14 ESV / 74 helpful votes

Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

2 Timothy 3:17 ESV / 74 helpful votes

That the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

John 14:15 ESV / 69 helpful votes

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Hebrews 10:24 ESV / 60 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 6:10 ESV / 60 helpful votes

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.

Ephesians 2:8 ESV / 57 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

Titus 3:8 ESV / 55 helpful votes

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.

Psalm 37:3 ESV / 54 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV / 51 helpful votes

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

John 3:16 ESV / 50 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Titus 2:7 ESV / 49 helpful votes

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,

Matthew 25:31-46 ESV / 47 helpful votes

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, ...

Romans 3:28 ESV / 46 helpful votes

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

James 1:27 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Titus 3:1 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,

Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV / 40 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Romans 3:20 ESV / 38 helpful votes

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

Psalm 37:3-4 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Romans 12:1 ESV / 36 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Galatians 2:16 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

Genesis 2:15 ESV / 35 helpful votes

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV / 34 helpful votes

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 34 helpful votes

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

Proverbs 3:27 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 3:13-17 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.

James 2:8 ESV / 33 helpful votes

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.

2 Timothy 2:21 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

Jeremiah 17:10 ESV / 33 helpful votes

“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

Galatians 5:16 ESV / 32 helpful votes

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Acts 10:38 ESV / 32 helpful votes

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

Philippians 2:13 ESV / 31 helpful votes

For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

John 3:19-21 ESV / 31 helpful votes

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

Isaiah 64:6 ESV / 31 helpful votes

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

Titus 3:5 ESV / 30 helpful votes

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 30 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Acts 2:38 ESV / 30 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:14 ESV / 29 helpful votes

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

John 5:17 ESV / 29 helpful votes

But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

Luke 9:23 ESV / 29 helpful votes

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Proverbs 12:11 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Psalm 37:27 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Turn away from evil and do good; so shall you dwell forever.

Luke 10:27 ESV / 28 helpful votes

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Mark 12:31 ESV / 28 helpful votes

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

James 2:24 ESV / 27 helpful votes

You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

Romans 11:6 ESV / 27 helpful votes

But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

2 Thessalonians 3:13 ESV / 26 helpful votes

As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.

James 3:13 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

Romans 14:12 ESV / 25 helpful votes

So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

Romans 3:23 ESV / 25 helpful votes

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Matthew 5:48 ESV / 25 helpful votes

You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Acts 10:2 ESV / 24 helpful votes

A devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.

Luke 12:47-48 ESV / 24 helpful votes

And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

Matthew 5:9 ESV / 24 helpful votes

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 24 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

2 Peter 3:18 ESV / 23 helpful votes

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

James 2:14-26 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. ...

James 1:17 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 23 helpful votes

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

2 Timothy 1:9 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Romans 9:32 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone,

James 2:14 ESV / 22 helpful votes

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?

Hebrews 10:26-31 ESV / 22 helpful votes

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” ...

Romans 8:28 ESV / 22 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Revelation 20:11-15 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

1 Timothy 2:1-15 ESV / 21 helpful votes

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, ...

Philippians 2:12-13 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Romans 3:10 ESV / 21 helpful votes

As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;

Isaiah 1:17 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.

Galatians 2:20 ESV / 20 helpful votes

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Luke 18:10-14 ESV / 20 helpful votes

“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 16:13 ESV / 20 helpful votes

No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Mark 16:16 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Ecclesiastes 3:12 ESV / 20 helpful votes

I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live;

James 2:17 ESV / 19 helpful votes

So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Hebrews 6:4-6 ESV / 19 helpful votes

For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

John 8:31-32 ESV / 19 helpful votes

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 18 helpful votes

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Matthew 7:7 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Matthew 4:4 ESV / 18 helpful votes

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Psalm 90:17 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

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