Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Since this is the day we express love to those most important to us, I thought this would be a great time to talk about love. Today I want to focus on love and how it’s connected to our faith. The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 5:6 that “faith works by love.” What does that mean? In other words, without love as a motive for all we do, our faith will not work for us. If love is not our “default mode,” our faith is hindered, and we will not operate effectively in the Kingdom. Therefore, to make sure our faith stays strong, we need to allow love to rule in reign in our lives in the following ways:
- Receive God’s love. If you believe that God loves you, when you pray, you will have more confidence to believe that your prayers will be answered. Furthermore, the Bible says perfect love casts out fear (I John 4:18). Since faith and fear cannot coexist, when fear is cast out by love, your faith will operate at a higher level so that you can believe God to accomplish His purpose and plan for your life.
- Love God. When you love God, you will keep his commandments (John 14:15). When you are keeping the commandments, your confidence that your prayers will be answered skyrockets. When we have not obeyed God, we have a tendency to believe that He won’t help us, and our faith fails. To avoid that feeling, we simply need to trust and obey.
- Love your neighbor. When you love those God puts in your path (Matthew 22:39), you want the best for them. You want to help others. Therefore, your burning desire to make a difference in people’s lives will motivate you to believe God for the miraculous and take risks that you need to take. Since faith and risk-taking go hand in hand, love will cause you to focus on the highest good of others and take the risk of forgetting yourself.
- Love yourself. Self-love is a byproduct of knowing that God loves you. When you love yourself (Matthew 22:39), the devil will not be able to deceive you with feelings of unworthiness and condemnation. When you know you are worthy only because of what Christ has done, you will trust that God will move on your behalf when you call on Him, and your faith will be enhanced.
As you can see beloved, faith truly does work by love, and I Corinthians 13:8 states that love never fails. We need love to be working in our lives in all four ways at all times if our faith is going to operate effectively. When our faith works at an optimal level, we will experience more peace and be more willing to take risks. And God loves it when we step out in faith and take the risks He wants us to take. Spirit-led risk-taking allows us to do great exploits for God and bring glory to Him. Therefore, let’s make sure that we speak God’s love language of obedience, receive His love, and walk in love so that we can please God with a faith that works (Hebrews 11:6).
What area above impacts your faith the most? Please leave a comment below.
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