If I truly believed that God loved me and was with me, how would it change the way I loved my wife or daughter and son-in-law? When my heart and mind is focused on the truth that God loves me unconditionally and He is with me, I am more patient, kind, loving and I desire to serve them. My behavior is not a force of effort but a natural response to the understanding that I am loved and secure.
Is it possible to believe something without it producing some action or behavior?
faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. – James 2:17
Knowing the ‘right answers’ does not mean we believe them. To believe them means to act as though they’re true. – Dallas Willard
You will never know how much you believe something until it is a matter of life and death – C S Lewis
Most of what we think we see as the struggle OF faith is really the struggle to act as IF we had faith when in fact we don’t. – Dallas Willard
“Grace means there is nothing I can do to make God love me more, and nothing I can do to make God love me less.” – Philip Yancey
Believing starts out in our head but has to transfer to our behavior or its not believing. God’s grace and acceptance of us through Christ is a free gift and is not dependent on us for anything. Please don’t confuse what I am saying with Grace. I am not saying action that produces salvation. I am saying true believing should produce transformation that creates natural, unforced, changed behavior. Our struggle is that we think belief is just something we do in our head. It has to be something that changes us or it is not believing. I believe in gravity so my behavior shows that. I don’t jump off mountains.
If I truly believe in Christ, what would be different about how I loved my wife? As I learn to walk with God and trust and believe Him more, I think I would become more patient, kind, gentle and loving. What do you think?
I am convinced if you will focus on trusting God, your relationships will change. Because you and your behavior will change. If someone in the relationship will change the relationship will change – simple but profound. Choose today to believe you are not alone and change will come.