Living a life of faith
I am sure that we have all had this topic come up at some point in life, whether it is through a preacher at church or during one of those long philosophical talks with your wiser friends. Despite this enormous amount of exposure to the subject, we still lack the knowledge of what exactly it means to live a life of faith. It is a fairly large topic, but I’m going to try to keep it simple by putting it under a few broad headings.
- What is faith?
Faith is the act of practising what we believe in. In our case since we believe that Jesus is Lord, our belief would be in the teachings of Jesus. So by putting into practice the things taught to us by Jesus, we begin practising or exercising our faith.
2. How does faith come?
Faith comes in by hearing the Word of God (Bible). Only by doing so will we understand what the teaching of Jesus ( as mentioned in the previous point) are. So the more time we spend with the word, the more ‘faithful’ we learn to become.
3. Why do we need faith?
The answer to this is simple. It is because “without faith, it is impossible to please God” Hebrew 11:6
4. How do we practise faith?
The first step of practising our faith would be to embrace the virtue of forgiveness and not harbour any bitterness in our hearts against anyone. Because if we fail to forgive our brethren, then our father in heaven also will not forgive us our sins. This then creates inequity between God and us which will ultimately only lead to our own downfall.
In short, the only one who stands to lose if we do not begin to live a life of faith is us. So let’s all buck up and start becoming doers of the word and not just speakers of the word. Because in the end “ Not everyone who says, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven” Mathew 7:21. “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” James 1:22.
Until next time!