Many people see faith just as a tool to be used to get a desired result from God. That is an aspect, a side or part of faith but “The faith” is a way of thinking, a stance, a viewpoint that determines our outlook and belief in the love of God for us. Faith is a stance of unwavering belief on the principles, precepts and truth of God’s infallible word and His love.
Faith knows and understands we are the beloved of God and His love for us is so great that He sacrificed His best, which is His Son, to retrieve His highest and most valued creation, mankind. Faith believes in the love of God and recognizes that we were created in His image to show His love. So that we may replenish the earth with His love which, we display to others. Faith is not just a process or steps to take just to go to heaven when we die and yet still live a defeated life.
Faith is a view, an attitude and commitment that we are here for God’s glory and purpose; to show God’s love to a lost world so those who do not know Him will see the power of God’s love in us. To love others unconditionally we must die to self which, can only be done from a position of faith. To follow Jesus is to deny self, deny our rights to ourselves, to deny culture, race and even our comfort, so that we may take up the cross of love. There is no greater love than to lay down our life for another and this takes a position of faith in God that He will be with us no matter the situation.
John 12:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. NKJV
Our biggest challenge is not to fight the devil; he is a defeated foe, nor people who are against us. Our biggest challenge is to stay in love and fight the good fight of faith, when life hits us hard, when things do not seem fair or just. Our position of faith is to love. The just shall live by faith. Faith is the truth of who we are now that the Holy Spirit is living inside us and who God has called us to be.
Faith is a perspective, where we look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. It is Christ’s love in us that causes us to see and do things differently. If Jesus is the author, then He is the Creator and Source of our faith, our love. If Jesus is the finisher of our faith then He will see it accomplished, fulfilled to its completion and that is His job. Our job is to look to Jesus, by saying yes Lord as an act of my will, I say yes to your will. Then we look to Him to see Him as our example.
Hebrews12:2 Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. NKJV
We are to look to Jesus to see how He loved others and forgave His enemies. We look to Jesus to see how He laid down His life so that the world would see the love of God. When Jesus was reviled, He did not revile, love flowed from the One being crucified on the cross. We look to see how Jesus responded to hate, being treated unfairly and unjustly. Mercy and grace abounded in every situation and the love of God was displayed. God is love and we are created in His image, to be like Him on the earth. Love does not seek its own and take into account how many times we may have been wrong.
True believers are here to love. If we miss the transformation of becoming love, then we miss the whole reason why Jesus came, died and was raised from the dead. This fallen world system wants to make the gospel appear self-centered and self-focused while we live on earth. Jesus told us heaven has come and it is in us, we do not have to wait until we die to experience heaven, because heaven is the expression of love. The Holy Spirit has come to live in us that we will be changed from the inside out, to look like Christ, to show what heaven is like on earth. We are the body of Christ, the Anointed One and we are the expression of Christ’s life on earth.
If we let the world and the wrong which is done to us, dictate our response in life, then we have allowed our experience to become lord over us. The world will not know the way to Christ unless we show it in our lives, in our actions and in the love we have for others. If we are true believers, image bearers of God, then others will see His love in us, when we respond in love and not the ways of the world.
John 13:35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
We should reconsider our perspective on faith as being the love of God in us. If we say we abide in Jesus we ought to walk as He walked and keep His words and the love of God will be perfected in us. We are told to love one another because love is of God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. No matter what we face in life we are to never lose sight of who we are now that Jesus has come and He is Lord.
Remember the position of faith for the true believer is realizing who we are and who we have become now that Christ has come and He lives in us. The perspective of faith is for us to live in the light of truth of God’s love for us so we can show God’s love that is in us. Our faith, our perspective is in God’s love for us no matter what happens then we will display His love, His unconditional love to all mankind as an act of our will, we choose to love no matter the cost.