Faith Blockers

by Senior Ps. Joanne Eisenhart

Recently, we have been talking about the importance of faith in our walk with God. Hebrews 11:6 says it is impossible to please God without it, and we know that it comes from being in the word of God and believing it. Jesus often said to people, “It will be done according to your faith.” In other words, their faith determined the outcome. Pretty plain and simple.

But as we continue to study the Word, we notice that whenever the word, “faith,” appears the word, “love” is very close by. Galatians 5:6 says that faith works through love, and 1 Corinthians 13:13 says that faith, hope, and love abide, but the greatest of these is love. Could it be that as great as faith is, it cannot operate in our lives unless our love-walk is right; since love is greater than faith, and faith works through love? I believe this to be so.

In the Old Testament, there were many blessings promised to God’s people if they obeyed God’s laws, and there were many laws to obey. But God was faithful in blessing those who loved and obeyed Him. In the New Testament, we see that all of the laws and commandments from the Old Testament are summed up in one command: love does no wrong to one’s neighbor-it never hurts anybody (Romans 13:10). And Jesus repeated this by saying, “This is my commandment that you love one another just as I have loved you” (John 14:12). Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:1, “Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire this love-make it your aim, your great quest!” Paul calls it the most excellent way.

I know that I miss it most often in my love-walk by being critical and judgmental toward others. As I continue to walk with God I am realizing that He takes this very seriously and we can grieve the Holy Spirit with this attitude. Ephesians 4:29-30 talks about only saying words that will build people up or else we will offend God. We are to keep our tongue from evil if we want to enjoy life and see good days (1 Peter 3:10). Anything that we say out of ill will toward a person or that could hurt their reputation is evil. Every step out of love is doing evil. So before we say a word we should ask ourselves, “Is this loving or evil?”

Our best definition of walking in love is found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. It says love is not touchy, or fretful, or resentful; it takes no account of a wrong done to it. It is ever ready to believe the best of every person. Love never fails. Really meditate on these verses and read the entire portion on love.

I wholeheartedly believe the success of your walk with God depends on how you respond to your spouse, your children, or that co-worker that you struggle getting along with. It can put feet on your faith or stop it dead in its tracks. Whether you walk in love or not can determine whether you receive what you are believing for; whether it be healing, deliverance, finances, loved ones’ salvation, etc.

If God’s people in the Old Testament could expect the blessings of God by obeying the laws and commandments, I know that we can lay claim to the promises of God for our lives by obeying the one commandment to love one another. Let’s not be our own blessing blocker. Let’s determine to walk in love, and pursue it with all of our hearts. I think you will be amazed at the results!

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