The scripture “Faith without work is dead” is not a battle cry against grace. It is only stating the total impossibility of a person who proclaims a connection to God to not bear His character – love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, meekness, temperance, faithfulness and righteousness. Character traits that when we become “one with God” – also instantly destroy the emotional pain in our lives.
To state one’s connection to God without these characteristics dominating a life is like someone saying they jumped into a pool but never got wet. And when asked about the lack of evidence of being in the pool, and of not being wet – they reply “oh that’s a process”.