(Galatians 5:6 Amplified Bible)
Faith, simply defined, is believing God is Who He said He is
and that He will do what He said He will do. (Hebrews 11:6)
In Galatians 5:6 the Apostle Paul is correcting those who think that the Gentile believers have to be circumcised like the Jews in order to be saved. Paul corrects them and says that in Christ it's not about being circumcised or uncircumcised but about faith, activated and energized and expressed and working through love.
God revealed Himself to us through His Son Jesus so that we could be in relationship with Him. No longer is it all about religion and keeping a list of impossible rules and regulations. Father God created us and redeemed us for relationship, not religion. He sent His Son as the Way for us to be reconciled to Himself, to be in restored relationship with our Father God.
What does this have to do with faith and love? When the Bible says it takes faith to please God, I think too often we think of it as something we have to do. We try to have faith filled thoughts and words, then get frustrated with ourselves when we still struggle with doubt, fear and unbelief. What if we are going about it all wrong? What if our problem is that we are approaching faith like a religious requirement instead of relationally? What if our struggle is that we are focusing on working up faith, when we simply need to be getting more acquainted with Who our God is and the amazing things He does and promises to do and falling more in more in love with Him? Doesn't it make sense that the more we learn about Him, the more we grow in love with Him, that our trust and faith in Him would be activated, energized, expressed and working as a result? I really think so. I think we make things a lot more complicated than God intended them to be. Simply said, I think that the more we love God, the more we will be a person full of faith in Him.
Also happily linking up with the lovely Lisha Epperson.