Today, I want to talk to you about love, faith, and forgiveness. Normally we associate these three things with how we feel. But I want to submit to you that these aspects of our Christian walk which are commanded in the Word of God are not about our feelings. These commandments are about making decisions and taking action!
LOVE IS AN ACTION
For example, Jesus commanded us to love each other (John 13:34). Agape love, or the God kind of love which is unconditional, is not a feeling. It’s a decision you make to meet a person’s needs regardless of how you feel. First Corinthians 13:4-6 talks about what love does:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Therefore, we are to avoid relying on emotions when it comes to loving others. It’s all about your actions, or what you do, not how you feel.
FAITH IS AN ACTION
In Mark, 11:22, Jesus commanded us to have faith in God. Faith is also about deciding that regardless of how you feel, you are going to take action. For example, In Luke 5, Peter didn’t feel like letting down his nets when Jesus told Him to do so after he and his colleagues had fished all night and caught nothing. However, he took action, obeyed the instruction, and received a miracle. Maybe at some point, you haven’t felt God’s presence, but faith says when you don’t feel His presence, you still pray and pursue God. Why? Because faith is not about your feelings, it’s about what you do. You may have “a feeling” that God is going to move on your problematic situation, but If you don’t move, He won’t because the Bible says faith without corresponding works is dead. Faith is about your actions.
FORGIVENESS IS AN ACTION
Forgiveness is the decision we make to refuse to pay our enemy back or seek restitution from the individual for what we have lost. In Romans12:19 God said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” Isaiah 61:7 says He will pay us “double for our former shame.” However, forgiveness is also about taking action because In Luke 6:27-28, Jesus gave the following instructions: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” If you do what He said, even if your emotions are still raw, that’s how you know you have truly forgiven. Healed emotions will be the byproduct of your decision to forgive and your choice to take action and follow Jesus’ commands.
So I encourage you to take action and love people by meeting their needs in spite of how you feel. Have faith in God and take action by continuing to pursue Him anyway in spite of whether you feel His presence or not. Forgive those who have hurt you by acting in accordance with God’s prescribed method for dealing with your enemies. When you take action first, your emotions will soon line up with the decisions you make and the actions you take.
What are your thoughts about faith, love, and forgiveness being based on actions instead of feelings? Please leave a comment below.
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