Expressions of faith: Key to eternal life

Last updated on July 21st, 2016 at 05:35 pm

Rev. William Watson

Rev. William Watson

Sometimes it is hard for those who profess to be Christians to behave like Christians should. We try to carry our crosses, but if someone crosses us, we lose our composure and behave the same way the rest of the world behaves. The Bible teaches that we are to be people who exercise love in all of our relationships with one another. Love is the one thing that can take care of everything life has to offer, there is no issue, problem, or sickness that Love can’t control. Go to the ‘Love Chapter’ of the Bible, I Corinthians 13:1. Paul says that love is more important than spiritual gifts: “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not Love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” What did Paul mean by that? In the first century, there was a big gong or cymbal hanging at the entrance of most pagan temples. When people came to worship, they hit them to awaken the pagan gods so they would listen to their prayers. Paul is saying that if he were blessed so that he could speak with eloquence in every language but was without love, his life was as useless as this ridiculous act of pounding on a gong to awaken non-existent gods. So love is more important than any spiritual gift. In I Corinthians 8:1, Paul says: “Knowledge puffs up, but Love builds up.” I don’t think we need more knowledge nearly as much as we need more love.

The hearts of people need to change before society will ever change. Paul then says that love is more important than faith: “If I have the faith that can move mountains and have not Love, I am nothing” (vs. 2). What is your faith? Do you believe that God is the creator of the world? That Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son, who came to earth and lived a sinless life—that he died and was buried, then rose on the third day. Do you believe He is now at the right hand of the Father and that one day He will come again? If you believed all these things then well and good, but the Bible teaches that if you believe all the right things, and have not Love, then you are nothing. Faith is of no value unless it is backed up by love.

Galatians 5:6 says: “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through Love.” Do you know what it’s like to hurt deep inside and no one knows you are hurting—and you don’t feel free to tell them you’re hurting? Or how about being sick and knowing you’re not going to get well, and wanting more than anything else to live? What’s it like to be handicapped? What’s it like to be dealing with marital problems? What’s it like? What kind of burdens are people carrying, and do we care enough to help them bear those burdens?

That’s what it means when Jesus talks about loving one another as He loved us. If you want to lay claim to your eternal inheritance, Jesus said “a new commandment I give to you. That you Love one another as I have Love you, that you also Love one another.”

My weekly prayer is that the reader of this commentary becomes spiritually inspired of God. Contact Expressions of Faith at P.O. Box 330127, Nashville, Tenn. 37203. God bless!