"For when we are in union with Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor the lack of it makes any difference at all; what matters is faith that works through love." Galatians 5:6, GNT
Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “Faith works by love!”
The idea being that if we want our faith to work, we need to walk in love toward God, toward others and even toward our enemies. In other words, we’ve been taught that if we want to activate our mountain-moving faith to receive something God promised, or use our faith for healing, boldness, strength, wisdom or other things— we need to be sure we are walking in love if we want our faith to actually work! And, these principles are true. God does want us to walk in love. When we don’t walk in love or forgiveness towards others, it short-circuits the power or effectiveness of our faith. Our faith works when we walk in love!
As the Lord has been unfolding a fresh revelation of His love to us lately we have been seeing another application of this verse and the concept of our faith. Jeff and I have been talking about how our faith works best by believing His Word and resting in His love. Faith works by love—His love! When we know and believe in His love for us, we cease from trusting in our religious strivings or even in our own love walk. Our faith takes a turn and rests completely in Him. Our faith is best expressed when it comes from a place that is resting in His love.
I think Martha and Mary knew something about this. In John 11, we read the story of faith working by love. Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus, but one day Lazarus became sick and died. In this story we see that Martha and Mary’s faith worked by having faith in His promises and resting in the love Jesus had for them.
“1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” 4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. 19 And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. 20 Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. 34 And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!” 37 And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?” 38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” (John 11:1-5, 17-27, 32-44, NKJV)
If you are living by faith, using your faith or standing in faith today, why not kick your faith into another gear and allow it to work by love—and not your love for God or others, but His love for you! Have faith in God and His Word and rest in Jesus’ love for you—your faith will work!
“For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love.” (Galatians 5:6, The Message)
Say It: “Father, today I rest in Your love. I see faith from a whole new angle. My faith works by love – not my love for You or others, but Your love for me. I rest in Your love today. I trust in Your love and I thank You that from that place my faith is working on every mountain standing in my way. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”