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Faithful living

By Pastor Linda Battello
United Methodist Church, Madrid, Elsie

The last of Hebrews 11 begins: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
I’ve been thinking a lot about faith. One of the things we are asked to have faith about is that God is real and that Jesus is God’s love made real in human form.
We can’t see it or touch it or hear it, but we have conviction of this reality through faith. Faith is a gift of God.
God offers love and forgiveness through Christ, then grants us faith so we can experience this and live as if our belief is true. When we have faith and believe we are forgiven and free children of God, we ought to live differently than we did before we believed.
When God’s grace becomes real in our lives and we accept Christ as our Savior, through this grace we are put right with God and are encouraged to live as Christ did—loving God and neighbor perfectly. We can only do this with God’s grace.
We know this grace through the experience of the Holy Spirit, which we cannot point to and say, “Here it is.” But we can say, “I have faith and know God loves me and here’s how this had made my life new.”
If others look at us and see the difference, then they can see faith at work, even when they don’t believe.
Do you have faith enough to accept Christ and live in love with God and others? If so, can others see that love in your life?