Faith Works By Love
“Faith works by love.” — St. Paul
One of the greatest threats to our faith—in prayer, in evangelism, in everything!—is deep, existential doubts about whether or not we are loved by God. Does he really care for us?
Sin is the culprit. Sin has made us existentially insecure before God. “If our hearts condemn us...then we have no confidence before God.” (To paraphrase John the apostle.)
The disciples displayed this fearful, doubtful uncertainty when they cried out to Jesus in the middle of a terrifying storm, “Master, do you CARE that we perish?!” Does it matter to you AT ALL that we are dying here?!
“Do you not care for us?” That’s the heart of our doubts. We do not doubt that God is ABLE. We know he CAN. But will he? Does he care enough for ME to do what I know he CAN do?
Faith works by love. And if you are not deeply persuaded of the Father’s love for you, even when—especially when!—you are going through trying times, your faith will stumble at the rock of offense, the stumbling block of resentment, and you will fall headlong into the pit of despair.
If you are struggling in your faith today, kneel before the Father and simply ask him to show you his love again. As he loves you—and he will!—your faith will breathe again. You will remember the words of the Father, “This is my beloved child in whom I am well pleased!” And you will not need stones to become bread to know that you are loved. You will have nothing to prove. And when you remember that you are loved, your faith will work again.
Faith works by love.