Friday, February 3, 2006

Moving Mountains By Faith Working Through Love

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. (Galatians 5:6)

Though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:2)
The effectiveness of your faith will never rise above the level of your love. You might have faith enough to move mountains, but without love, it won’t matter one bit — you will probably be moving the wrong mountains.

Notice that both faith and love come from God:
Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 6:23)
They come to us in Jesus Christ:
And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 1:14)
Love comes from God, for God is love (1 John 4:8). Trying to do things by faith without love is like trying to do things by faith without God.

Perhaps faith without love might get some things done, but it will not make any lasting contribution or bring positive change that endures. But when love gets involved, God gets involved — and that makes a world of difference.