Daily Devotion – Luke 17:6 – Faith and Love

Faith is Too

He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. Luke 17:6

His Power Through Faith

If love is a mighty splendored thing, faith is close on its heels. Love, far from a mere fleeting ecstatic feeling, is the principle characteristic by which God identifies Himself. The Bible says that God “is” love (1 John 4:8, 16). Therefore, if ever we hope to attain to that holy principle of love, faith must facilitate our path to it.

Jesus had a habit of teaching His disciples vital truths to clear up their perplexities. He often used nature and Scripture as His lesson books. In our theme text, Jesus taught that if we have only a tiny little bit of faith, just enough for it to be called faith, and direct it to the Powerhouse whom God is, we will be able to overcome any obstacle in life. How? Faith is the conduit through which the power of God flows. God’s power is immeasurable.

The size of our faith, although God is kind enough to increase it through daily use, is not the focal point; it is the size of God’s power. At the moment, the disciples were struggling with temptations, sin, forgiveness, and human relationships; all complex subjects. They were overwhelmed by the responsibility. But again, Jesus made it real simple for them. If they would just surrender the little measure of faith He gives all people, to Him, He would maximize its effectiveness in conducting His power into our lives.

Faith and Love

I am intrigued by the fact that the words “love” and “faith” occur together at least 20 times in the King James Version of the Bible. This must mean that faith and love, together, significantly impact our lives.

Think about it: if true love epitomizes God’s essence and this holy principle cannot be attained at its highest levels except when   we are in relationship with God, then faith must be the conduit to facilitate our way to attaining the standard. Was that too complicated? Let me say it this way: the only way we can truly love is if we have saving faith in God. Any other love is substandard and a far cry from the pinnacle of God’s intent.

Paul said it this way: “Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3:13–19

Did you get that?

Our God stands ready, willing and available to give you heavenly riches, inner strength from the Holy Spirit, an overflow of the fullness of God, Christ’s presence dwelling within you, and faith enough to root and ground you in the love of Jesus.

Now, that’s a mouthful. More than that, it’s a life full – a life full of faith that works by love and purifies the soul.

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