FAITH AND LOVE
I have a lawn problem. Each summer there is a part of my backyard that refuses to let grass grow on it. I water it, I fertilise, I use all sorts of coercing techniques, but it won’t grow nice and green.
The fact is living things tend to deteriorate and die in the world in which we live. It is a sad fact that we all suffer loss, from our beloved family members passing away to more trivial matters such as my lawn.
But the Bible tells us of two things that have the ability to keep growing and keep increasing; Faith and Love.
We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
If you want to beat the inevitable degradation of everything in creation, invest in faith and love!
“… Your Faith is growing abundantly…”
Faith grows. Faith comes from God, like a seed planted in good soil, if watered it will grow. The seed of faith is pre-programmed to grow and keep on growing.
I remember when as a new believer being encouraged by a great gentleman who was in his late eighties, but so obviously full of faith. He imparted such wisdom, fire and encouragement to me as a young Christian. His body was frail, but his Spirit was strong. Why? Because his faith continued to grow!
Regardless of your current thinking, your emotional state, your current predicament or your physical circumstances, your faith can grow and grow and grow. Because growing is what faith does.
“…the Love of every one of you… is Increasing”
Faith grows, but love increases. Love also comes from God and is given without measure to all who will receive it.
When we were expecting our second child, I had the thought “could I love my second child as much as my first?” I love my son with everything! Would there be any love left for my next born? As it turned out, of course there was!
Love is not like a pie that is limited in resource and needs to carefully divided up and given out. Love is like a river; the more room there is to flow the further and wider it goes! That is how love increases.
The Love of God is poured out like a river so that when you are fully immersed in His goodness and Grace, it overflows from you those all around you. That is the increasing work of God’s love.
May you walk in the ever growing, ever increasing nature of God’s Faith and Love.
QUESTION: Are you encouraged by the growing Faith / increasing Love you see in others? In yourself? Why or why not? Leave a comment and let us know!