What is Faith?
Faith is the belief to act.

I could leave the explanation there, but it would not do it justice. For many years Faith has been defined as ‘strong belief’ but this is not correct. Paul told the Hebrews that “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen“.’ James in his epistle said “faith without works is dead’ (read James 2). In the Hebrew language Faith is verb (a doing word) and therefore implies action, too often we assume that Faith means we believe and that God will make things happen because we have this Faith. Things only happen when we act on the things we believe. Faith is often presented as something very special or something very difficult to obtain; on the contrary Faith is something available to everyone. When we act on our belief we exercise our Faith and we will be rewarded accordingly.

In Matthew Chapter 5 the Saviour teaches “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more
than others? do not even the publicans so?
Faith is to do what is taught, to pray for them that despitefully use you. The Belief is to trust the teachings, the Exercise is to Act – to pray for them. Together this is Faith. For each principle taught there is belief and action; the trust that the principle is true and the action you take on it.

faith cometh not by signs, but signs follow those that believe.” (Doctrine and Covenants 63:9) is it so hard to accept that The signs come only to those that both believe and act on those beliefs?

This is my testimony, my understanding of the principle. I encourage you to think about this and to discuss it with your family and friends. And if you desire post a reply.

Published in: on September 6, 2008 at 11:30  Leave a Comment  

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