Friday, March 15, 2013

Love With Faith

Ephesians 6:23 KJV
Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

What an interesting phrase. It is a closing remark but carries the tone of a command. "When you love, do it with faith." The word “with” is a preposition used as an adverb. It describes an action and is sometimes translated “after” and “behind.”

The principle then is simple; we are to love with our faith
Faith becomes the enabler of our love and our love is to be preceded by our faith. Believing God is the catalyst for love. Love should never override faith. We do not love others before our faith but we have faith in God and therefore love others.

This priority between love and faith will change the influence love has upon us
Many people have love ahead of faith and are drawn down paths of spiritual destruction because of it. They make their decisions based upon the emotional influences of love and abandon principles of faith as a result. On the other hand, if faith in God is our priority (as we see it ought to be through the Ten Commandments) we still love others, perhaps even more intensely, but we never put that before the Lord.

We serve the Lord first and consequently we are better able to love, and lead others to love as well. 

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