If you’ve meandered down Perfection Road with me for very long you know how fond I am of Paul’s passionate statement in Galatians 5:6. In his inimitable style, Paul tells the Galatians and us what truly matters. He proclaims, “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” We know Jesus hung all the commandments on only two things – loving God and loving people. However, while we may not always show love to everyone, we understand what it is and why it’s important. But, what does our faith have to do with love?
I’ve begun to notice in my trek through Scripture this year that most every time the love of God is mentioned in the Christian Standard Bible, it is described as God’s faithful love. Do you feel God’s love has been faithful to you? Has He stayed with you through difficult times even when you felt you didn’t deserve His help? Has He held you close with one hand while moving you toward a better version of you with the other? Has God’s perfect timing provided you with special people offering tangible expressions of His faithful love?
If you can say yes to any or all of those questions, then you have evidence of God’s faithfulness. He is faithful because He loves you dearly. You and I, on the other hand, cannot truly love until we believe in and feel completely confident in His love. If we are concerned more about earning God’s favor rather than enjoying His loving presence, we shortchange ourselves and our loved ones. No other’s love, no matter how well-intentioned, will satisfy and motivate us the way God’s faithful love can. Oswald Chambers put it this way, “No love of natural man is safe unless the human heart has been satisfied by God first.”
Maybe today is a good day to give God permission to search your heart for hurts that veil His presence. Perhaps, it’s a good day to begin seeing your struggles as well-designed tests constructed to uncover anxious thoughts and doubts. Only after we let God report His findings to our hearts can we begin to let the Spirit help us get rid of our offensive ways. Then He will lead us in the way everlasting – His way of everlasting, faithful love.
I’ve been blessed to live with a husband who has been a tangible reminder of God’s faithful love. He’s stayed with me, looked past my faults, and held me close while moving me toward a better version of me. Because he’s made my heart feel secure, I now understand what faithfulness has to do with love, and I am better prepared to love others faithfully.
What about you? If you’re not sure of God’s love. Read the love letter He wrote to you until you are sure. After all, the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love.
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” – Psalm 139:23-24