Romans 4:20 (KJV) 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God
We “give” glory to God when we’re strong in faith. Yes, faith matters. It’s worth is certainly upheld and emphasized when it comes to salvation. My proposition is to keep on maintaining its value and worth in our lives as believers. I’ve heard that there have been extreme teachings about it from a certain group bearing something as important as faith in their name. I’ll be quick to point out: I’m not a part of their group, nor do I identify with them.
This is also not in any way a rejection or denunciation of the group or any individuals from their group often presented as heretics and false teachers. Personally speaking, the worst, most extreme, and most heretical teachings I’m aware of that they purportedly teach are those I’ve heard and read quoted by their “attackers.” Truth be told, even those with audio and video clips, it’s possible to understand the logic in what they teach when taken in proper context.
Pardon me for always trying to make sense of the teachings of our brothers and sisters in Christ in areas where we may differ. In the non-cardinal, negotiable doctrines, I firmly believe what I believe is true, but then again, they may be right, and I may be wrong. Why fight?
Going back to faith: it’s indispensably essential in our lives. With it, we appropriate God’s grace for our salvation; we live by it instead of sight and feeling; without it, there’s no way we can please God, and as we just read from the above passage, with it, we give glory to God. Many of our desires and prayers are answered by God according to our faith. A quick clarification: we ought to not presume our prayers are not answered because of lack of faith. I won’t cower from saying this though: it’s possible that it’s also because we do lack faith. That statement is in no way for the purpose of condemnation; it’s to encourage us, just in case we really need to step out and step up in faith and we just haven’t done so. If we know we already have, that’s great; that part is at least already taken care of.
The Lord encourages us: “Have faith in God.” It’s direct: it’s something we have to do; it is also suggestive: we may not have the faith we ought to have, but none of us dare call out our Lord as being condemnatory. We understand what He’s saying; let’s extend the same gracious attitude to our brothers and sisters who encourage others to walk in faith. With love as the greatest motivation, our walk as believers is by faith—from start to finish.