These Two Work Together
We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
For a moment, imagine someone trying to drive a car that has no gas. They open the door, sit down and turn the key, and nothing starts. Frustrated, they get out of the vehicle claiming that the car doesn't work. The car works just fine; the problem is that there is no fuel to get it going. In the same way, faith cannot work without love.
Faith works when we first realize how much God loves us. God's love toward you is unconditional and not based on your performance.
Understanding and receiving God’s love enables us to walk in love toward others.
We can spend hours in worship and read the Word all day, but if we are not walking in love toward our fellow man, it will stop your faith operating at full capacity.
Walking in love means you put down what your flesh wants to do, and you’re more focused on others than yourself.
Marriages fail when two people who are full of faith refuse to walk in love with each other and instead are entirely focused on their own needs and desires.
God gave His love for you, not for you to hoard on yourself, but to disburse it to the world around you.
1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now abideth faith, hope, charity [love], these three; but the greatest of these is charity [love].”
Learning to walk in love is vitally important for the success of the Christian. Let your faith loose by walking in love daily.
Practical Application – Decide to walk in love. When your flesh tries to rise up and say or do something you know you shouldn’t, tell yourself out loud, "I will walk in love, and my faith will work right now, at this moment."
Galatians 5:6; Ephesians 6:23