Faith and Love

(Galatians 5:6) “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

What are circumcision and uncircumcision? They are the proofs by which the Jews judged a man. Those who were circumcised were righteous, those who were not were unrighteous.  In this way man could judge, and man could do a work to fulfill the law . . . it was by the work of man that he was saved.  In contrast, “in Jesus Christ”- meaning in The Laws of The Kingdom of God, these proofs are no longer valid. There is a new set of rules and regulations, and they are not what a man does in the outward, but they are written on his heart, they are faith working with love. These laws are spiritual, man cannot earn or do his salvation, it is given to him by grace. Even the doing in The Kingdom is only through God’s grace, and not based on any merit that a man has.

Why then does faith work by love? Why does God put this balancing force to our faith? Why don’t we have a free reign with the force and power that faith has in the spirit realm? God knows the heart of man. He could not give us The Power of His Spirit without The Nature of His Spirit. Without The Love of God operating or steering our faith, we would soon fall into sin by operating in a faith that glorified ourselves; fulfilled our selfish ambitions.

(Rom 5:5 NIV)  “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His Love into our hearts by The Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.

We will have the fulfillment of our hope when The Love of God is present in our hearts to qualify us to use faith.

(Mark 11:23‑24 NIV)  “”I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. {24} Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

How many times have you tried praying “God move that mountain and cast it into the sea.”? Has it ever happened? Have you ever heard of anyone doing this by faith? Why? What is the motive behind such a prayer? Is it love? Or is the motive self seeking personal glorification? Or is it to test God, without first learning His Nature and Heart in the matter? Church history has shown that even Christians have not walked perfectly in The Love of God. Their natural works often have not been balanced by The Love of God. Will God answer the prayer of the man who does not have his heart and motives aligned with God’s heart and motives? Can he answer when the motivating force in the faith is not love?  When Jesus said, “and does not doubt in his heart,” he knew that the believer who prays for the Lord to cast a mountain into the sea, must doubt in his heart.  He knows deep within himself that his heart is not with the Lord, it is focused on selfish ambition, and self glorification. I believe that when there is a man who has his heart so pure before the Lord, he could pray “Lord cast this mountain. . .” because the thought was not his thought, but God’s.

In this way God will fulfill our prayers as we believe. When we believed in Christ Jesus, our faith was according to The Word, not our own idea. Likewise, our believing must continue according to The Word of God.  As we Renew our minds, our heart lines up with God’s heart, our motives are in His Love, He can give us whatever we ask. If our heart is following after God, we will have NO doubts, because we have no reason to believe that God will not agree with us.

(Mark 11:25 NIV)  “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in Heaven may forgive you your sins.“”

Notice that Jesus attached these two portions of faith; answered prayer and forgiveness. Forgiveness is the proof of our having a heart of love. If we cannot forgive, we have not allowed God’s Love to take over our heart and direct our lives.

  1. Faith and Forgiveness:

It takes Faith to forgive, because we are acting on The “Laws of The Kingdom of Light,” contrary to the laws of this world which say we must get revenge now in this life. To forgive we are trusting God to make all things equal, whether in this life or the life to come.

Of course, we cannot forgive in our own strength. No one can.  But we usually try to do so. God called us and we accepted His salvation by faith. God said to pray for the sick, and we do so by faith. Why would God expect us to forgive without the use of faith? He doesn’t. He expects us to come to Him and ask, “God, I don’t have the forgiveness I need, please give me Yours!”  He gave us salvation, love, grace, peace, forgiveness; He gives us the ability to forgive supernaturally. It is not natural to forgive, or why would God have to tell us to do it? Whatever He calls us to, He also equips us for.

(Eph 4:32 NIV)  “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

You have to let The Love of God that is in your heart express itself. When you walk in love, your faith will work. You release The Love of God from your heart in the same way you release faith–through actions and Words. Because faith and love are of the heart, faith works by love.

(Mat 22:35‑40 NIV)  “One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with this question: {36} “Teacher, which is the Greatest Commandment in the Law?” {37} Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ {38} This is the First and Greatest Commandment. {39} And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ {40} All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two Commandments.“”

(Rom 13:8‑10 NIV)  “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. {9} The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” {10} Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.

As we walk in this commandment, God can trust us to have a like heart with His, to have like motives with Him. We have no doubts, our faith has nothing holding it back, because we know our heart is right with God. We know He will agree with our faith.

(1 Cor 13:13 NIV)  “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Why is Love the Greatest?  The Bible never said that “God is Faith or Hope.”

God’s Character is Love. Through it He draws you into His Presence.

Our faith depends on The Love of God!

Without The Love of God we would have nothing to put our faith in.

Our faith reaches out and takes hold of what God has offered us—love!