Forging Ahead In Trustful Hope – Day 19

March 27, 2011

“A little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but a lot of faith will bring heaven to your soul.”

Author Unknown

Faith is a living force that moves the world around us.  Faith has a structural make-up, therefore faith has an anatomy. Faith has eyes that see beyond the natural and a heart that is moved by unconditional love.

In this life we have three great lasting qualities – faith, hope and love. But the greatest of them is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

As we read the scriptures, we see the heart of faith expressed in the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-24.  Many of us know the story of the son who asked for his inheritance early and in receiving it, he went off to live life on his own terms.  After squandering his resources and coming to the end of himself, he came to his senses.  He realized even his father’s servants were had it better than he. So, he purposed to go home not as a son, but as a servant, where he could find refuge in his time of need.   This story gives us hope that even the prodigal who lost his way can return.   But the hope lies not only in the son’s awakening, but in the father’s motivation.   Let’s look at a key verse that will amplify the heart of faith.

“So he, (the prodigal son) got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 

Luke 15:20

The father’s faith had eyes to see his son while he was still a long way off and when he saw his son; his heart was moved by great unconditional love. This analogy gives us an amazing picture of the heart of faith.   Just imagine for a moment; this son had asked for his inheritance before his father even died. (How presumptuous!) He did not even ask this for noble reasons, but for selfish ones.  Yet the father set his sights to the day when his son would return to his senses and come home.  In reality, this was not likely to take place until his son had come to the end of himself.  But the father’s faith believed for that day to come. So much so, that when he saw his son from  far off, his heart leaped with joy.  Not with resentment, anger or even justifiable frustration.  The father’s love was unconditional because the father’s love was full of faith.  

If we are going to grow great faith, we will have to be a people who choose to love unconditionally.  Unconditional love is not love without consequence, but it is a love without condition.  As you Forge Ahead In Trustful Hope, remember that faith works best when powered by love.

 ……… The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

Galatians 5:6b

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