The theological virtue of faith is defined as “trust that what God has revealed about Himself is true.” The trust of faith leads to a deeper intimacy with the three Persons of the Holy Trinity. Once we trust that God wants us to know Him, we can open our hearts to knowing Him more deeply.
The other dimension of faith is to commit ourselves to the God who reveals Himself. Our faith is a trust and conviction to an allegiance to Divine Revelation, what God has shared about Himself.
Lean into faithfulness by believing in God–His existence, His works and His character.
I choose faith until the end. I choose faith until the end. Saint Paul teaches that we must persevered in the faith to the very end if we are to be saved. When I am tempted to give up on the faith – to just live a worldly life and enjoy myself in the here and now – I remember the saints who persevered to the very end. I draw strength from their example and form their prayers.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 7-8, RSV
Faith is more than just belief. It is a relationship that starts with trust, builds into intimacy, and then to commitment. Faith without “legs” – without action – isn’t faith at all. I want to walk in faith, not sleep in it. I want to really live like God matters to me.
What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
But some one will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. James 2:14-18, RSV
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