FAITH WORKETH BY LOVE!
(Purchase, Protect, and Preserve!)
“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith worketh by love.” Galatians 5:6
AS MEN OF HONOR:
Here Paul speaks of the keeping of the law of God, and how it does not profit people who try to keep all of the law, and say that they believe in God, yet do not love their neighbor. Neither keeping the laws of God, nor not keeping the laws of God profits anyone without having faith, and faith works by love.
First, it is a lie to believe that it is possible to keep all of the law without in some part failing, since all men are fallen, and all are in need of Jesus, none can keep the law, as we read,
“As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” Romans 3:10, 11
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
We are all under the curse of the law until we receive Jesus, because we cannot keep the law, and therefore must have the wages paid in order to be free from its curse, but thank God for Jesus Christ his Son, who has paid the price for our sins, as we read,
“For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
A BRUISED REED WILL NOT BE BROKEN…
This is the love of Jesus revealed to us all. He fights for us, he corrects us, he is passionate towards us, and he is never weak. Jesus love for us is fierce, and he loves us without having bitterness toward us for all of our failures, his love confronts our wrongs, and fights for our soul, teaching us the way to overcome our difficulties instead of upbraiding us, as we read,
“A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.” Mathew 12:20
Jesus fights for the New Creation that we became, as we all followed what Paul says in scripture,
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold all things have become new.” 2Corinthians 5:17
Jesus' love for us is so great that he not only purchased us, he protects us, and he not only purchased us, and protects us, but he also preserves us unto the end!
In this same way, we ought to be willing to pay the price for others, in giving our time, and efforts to win the lost, to protect the lost, and to preserve them by being their family unto the end. This is faith in God that worketh by love! That we should never break relations with a bruised person, but rather restore them to a position of strength in Jesus, this is the true faith and true love in God.