BCL Grow: Living Faith — Galatians 5:5-6
Galatians 5:5-6 (Faith)
“For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.” — Galatians 5:5-6
“If you are led by your faith in Jesus Christ to love Him and so to serve Him, then you have the faith of God’s elect. You are undoubtedly a saved man and you may go your way and rejoice in the liberty with which Christ has made you free. It shall be joy to you to serve the Lord, since love is the mainspring of your service.” — Charles Spurgeon, Faith Working by Love: A Sermon Delivered on Lord’s-Day Morning, August 15, 1880, p. 2.
Steps to Take
1. Ponder: What is the difference between a dead faith and a living faith (see James 2:17)? How is a working faith motivated by love?
2. Remember: Being justified by faith alone and having peace with God means we are not saved by our works. But having been reconciled to God by faith in Christ Jesus we put our faith into action by love—love of God and love of one another. We are known by our fruits—fruits which the Holy Spirit produces in us (Matt. 7:17-20; Gal. 5:22).
3. Rejoice: God is working in you (Phil. 2:13). Joyfully work for him in all that you do with gratitude for the work that he did on your behalf, being motivated by love which he graciously gives to you.
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