For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.—Galatians 5:6Oftentimes, in religious circles, there are two ideas hotly debated by separate groups. Are we saved by faith or by works as well? Some focus on works, while others say no, we need to focus on faith. But here in Paul, we find that there are actually three key ingredients to the Christian path: 1) Faith, 2) Works, and 3) Love. Love brings them all together. When we see God’s love, faith responds. We are saved by God’s love, through our faith, which goes to work recreating this love in our life. Thus, we must fix our eyes on God’s love for us, for love produces faith and faith produces works. If our gaze is fixed on God’s love, we will experience both faith and the good works produced by that faith.
This makes perfect sense when you understand that faith is our deep heart’s response to God’s love. God’s love passes through our intellect, but it does not stop there! It travels further and touches our heart, awakening profound appreciation. This deep heartfelt gratitude, arousing within us the desire to love Him back, is what the Bible calls—FAITH! And this can only come as a response to seeing how much He truly loves us!
This is precisely why Paul’s greatest concern for those to whom he ministered was that they would encounter God’s extravagant love for them.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
This week, take advantage of our online resources concerning God’s great love for you. Let the vastness of God’s love awaken the sleeping giant of your faith and set burning within you a heart fully alive!