For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love. (Galatians 5:6)
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? (James 2:14)
Have you ever considered the practical outworking of faith in Christ? The first verse that we have quoted in this study points out that faith works, and it works by love. As I read God’s word and as I observe those who have faith in Christ, I see that the faithful are marked by their labor of love and their hope is fulfilled. They feed the hungry, satisfy the thirsty, entertain a stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick, and go to the prisoner. This is the natural outworking of divine love: he who is forgiven much, loves much. God came to a needy people, so will the man or woman of faith.
Faith that does not result in an outworking of love for God and men is not saving faith. Therefore, faith in Christ cannot be mere mental assent to doctrine; it must be living, accompanied by love and hope that take action. Profession is always accompanied by practice in the Christian.
Christ’s love compels and controls us to love others, He is love, let His compassion be ours. If we love Him we will keep His commandments, it’s quite simple really, love seeks to please its object. God has promised to give the believer the grace to love as He loves if we will simply trust that He is working in us moment by moment. He alone is our strength and He leads us in the way we should go. God is love!
In the Song of Solomon, God gives us a wonderful picture of a bridegroom calling his bride to rise up and come away with him. This is a picture of Jesus Christ’s loving call for us to come to Him. The Bridegroom calls, action is required. The man or woman of faith is one that has forsaken an old way of living and thinking and has taken Christ’s Name upon themselves, following Him in newness of life. The bride is devoted, fully consecrated to Him. Are you a part of the Bride of Christ?