by Gloria Copeland
“For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.”
Galatians 5:6, New Living Translation
As people of faith, we believe deeply in the importance and the power of faith. Yet, we must realize that faith, by itself, is not enough to make us more than conquerors. We must also have love because the Bible clearly tells us that faith works by love.
Love actually inspires faith. It gives faith a foundation to build on. You might even say love gives us reason to believe. Think about the love of God, for example. His love for us is the foundation of our faith in Him. John 3:16 says He “so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,” so that by believing in Him we wouldn’t perish but have everlasting life.
Imagine it! God sacrificed His very own Son for us, and what prompted Him to do it was love. Actually, it’s His great love that prompts Him to do everything He does for us. It’s His love that provides exceeding great and precious promises that bless us both in this life and in the life to come. It’s His mighty love that causes His mercy to be new toward us every morning.
Often people who don’t grasp God’s love aren’t able to have much faith in His WORD. They struggle and try to believe, but when push comes to shove, their faith falters and fails. Why? Because they don’t have a revelation of love to back it up!
On the other hand, when we truly begin to understand and experience how full of compassion God is toward us, we can easily believe He’ll keep His promises to us. When we know how much God cares, we can trust Him to do what He says. We can have faith that He’ll take care of us in every situation.
When you find yourself struggling to trust The LORD, simply spend some time in fellowship with Him, feeding on His words of love for you. Receive and act on them in your relationship with others. You’ll soon see for yourself that faith truly does work by love.
LOVE ASSIGNMENT: Think about any area of your life where you are challenged to trust God to bring resolution. Take a bit of time to sit with Him and allow Him to show you how the answer lies in His love—for you and for everyone involved in the situation. You’ll see!
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