According to Swedenborg:
Faith apart from good works is just this kind of airy nothing or image, and so are faith and goodwill apart from their practice...
Helpful acts are the good that love does, deriving their essence from the union of what is good and what is true.
It seems to me that my faith almost compels me to act in accordance to its nature. What I hold dear and true directs how I show up in life. Since I strive to live attuned to The Presence and to walk The Way, my actions need to be in harmony with the spiritual realm. When they are not, I see quickly that I have stepped off the path, and adjust myself to what I know to be spiritually so. I seem to live in this dance of on and off the path, with on being more prevalent as I mature.
So, we must evaluate our good deeds. Are they done in love? Are they in tune with God? Do they come from actual goodness? Or are they from ego, from self-glory, a manipulation, or some such darker and less pure place?
It is good to examine ourselves and continue to refine our lives to bring them more and more into spiritual harmony.