Faith and Love

“The whole being of any Christian is Faith and Love…Faith brings the man to God, love brings him to men.”

Martin Luther

Questions:

1. What does it mean to have faith as a Christian?

2. What does it look like to love as a Christian?

3 thoughts on “Faith and Love

  1. Bob,
    Your statement, “Being a Christian means relying on that love and not the adulation, admiration, or praise of one’s fellow man to determine one’s self-worth.” spoke to my heart because my daily struggle is trying to please those around me which has left me with less time for God. I love how William F. Fletcher illustrates the image of our love being an unobstructed channel for the free flow of God’s love to others.

    What steps would you recommend taking in order to make sure our channels from God are free flowing with endless love for all?

  2. Having faith as a Christian means believing that Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of Man, that he died on the cross for our sins, and that he offers us his transformative, redemptive, unconditional love. Being a Christian means relying on that love and not the adulation, admiration, or praise of one’s fellow man to determine one’s self-worth. William F. Fletcher in “The Key to Testament Caring”, writes, “As Christians, we have a meaningful, life-hanging relationship with a caring God…But we must let God have freedom in our fellowships to teach us how to have meaningful relationships with one another.” He continues, “The Christian life is to be dominated by God’s love, which is not self-seeking but sacrificial. The life of the caring Christian should be an unobstructed channel for the free flow of that love for others. To commit ourselves to a life of caring is to be constantly available to the Holy Spirit for effective service until we are called home to Glory.” We are called to care for the elderly, the lonely, the sick, the grieving, our families, our neighbors, our co-workers and even our enemies.

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