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Faith Works Through Love - Part 2

Hebrews 11:6 says 'But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.' So without faith, we cannot please God. God IS love. 1 John 4:8 says 'He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.' 1 John 4:20-21 says 'If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.' It takes faith and love to know God. It takes faith and love to believe God. Faith works through love. Ephesians 3:18-19 (TPT) says 'Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences - the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding - this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!' I'm telling you from experience, that if you would allow God to pour His love on you, and let that love be heard in your words, seen in your actions and how you treat others, bless God what a powerful witness you would become for Jesus. Our lives are a reflection of what we believe. We speak what we believe. Why do we teach about the love of Jesus Christ? Because it's the love that He showed us that drew us to Him. How can we have faith without love? We cannot. People hear our words, but it's our actions that determine whether we speak truth or not. Our lives are watched more closely that we realize, and we may be 'known' as people of faith, but if we don't show love to one another, then what good is our faith? 1 John 3:11-19 (TPT) says 'The beautiful message you've heard right from the start is that we should walk in self-sacrificing love toward one another. We should not be like Cain, who yielded to the evil one and brutally murdered his own brother, Abel. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's righteous. So don't be shocked, beloved brothers and sisters, if you experience the world's hatred. Yet we can be assured that we have been translated from spiritual death into spiritual life because we love the family of believers. A loveless life remains spiritually dead. Everyone who keeps hating a fellow believer is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. This is how we have discovered love's reality: Jesus sacrificed his life for us. Because of this great love, we should be willing to lay down our lives for one another. If anyone sees a fellow believer in need and has the means to help him, yet shows no pity and closes his heart against him, how is it even possible that God's love lives in him? Beloved children, our love can't be an abstract theory we only talk about, but a way of life demonstrated through our loving deeds. We know that the truth lives within us because we demonstrate love in action, which will reassure our hearts in his presence.' Faith works through love.

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