KEY SCRIPTURE:1 John 4:18 KJV “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
In our previous discussions of faith in relation to love as a fruit, we saw that faith is manifested in love as faithfulness and secondly as trust that believes the actions and statements of our associates. In this study we consider faith in God perfected by our love for God. Our key scripture states that perfect love casts out fear. This simply means perfect love builds strong faith in God. Faith in God is maintaining our allegiance to God. The more we commit ourselves to loving the Lord the more we would maintain our allegiance to him. John 14:23 KJV Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man loves me, he will keep my words: “. What is faith? The simplest definition for faith is believing what God’s word says, and doing it.
Abraham is described as a man of great faith, because he was a man who had grown in his love for God. He was described as a friend of God. James 2:23 KJV “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God” .As fruits develop through proper cultivation so, when we keep a close fellowship with the Holy Spirit through prayer and Bible studies, we would grow in our love for God, resulting in strong faith in Him. He said if you abide in me and my words abide in you, you would bear much fruit. (John 15:5)
The gift of faith as stated in 1 Corinth 12 is different from the fruit of the spirit manifesting faith.1Corinth 12:9 KJV. To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;”
The gift of faith is a manifestation of the spirit at a particular moment as the Holy Spirit wills (1 Corinth 12:9.) The gift may manifest mightily in a day-old Christian. This is not so with the fruit. It is not every child of God who may manifest the gift of faith, yet every child of God has the fruit of the Spirit that is love. This kind of faith takes time to grow through fellowship and obedience to the word. Faith like a man’s muscles is made stronger through exercising your muscles. Over a period of consistent doing of the word of God,
I abide in the Lord by letting His word abide in me. I bear the fruit of love for God and my faith in God grow. My faith is made stronger through my commitment to doing what the word of God says.
Galatians 5:6 KJV” For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love”.
1 John 4:17 KJV “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”