April 6, 2011

Faith and Love

The other day I was thinking about faith & love and how similar they are.  Both love and faith don't necessarily look like anything, but you can definitely see them around us.  I like to explain faith by comparing it to wind.  You can't really see it, but you can see the effects of it and feel it.  This is true with faith and love; we can see the effects of it, and also feel it. 
Both faith and love are action words; we can't just say we have faith or love if we don't do anything about it.  We build and show our faith and love by words and actions.  James, the brother of the Lord(Gal. 1:19), writes about how we can't have faith without actions:
James 2:26 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
He goes on to say that the same is true of the body and spirit.  If the body doesn't have a spirit, then it is dead.  This tells us that we need to exercise our faith and love daily in order to sustain and build them.
Faith and love are basic necessities in our lives.  Without them we have no foundation.  Our love and faith should be centered in Jesus Christ and His Atonement.  Once we have a firm foundation in Christ we are able to go through life with confidence and hope.  Our lives have more joy and purpose and less despair and shallowness.  It is my prayer that we all continue to increase in our love and faith by showing them through words and actions.  I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and I write these things in the His name, Amen.  

James 2:14-26
Faith is a hope in things which are not seen, which are true. 
Love is a deep devotion and affection for something or someone.

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