1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”a For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
I would like to share with you my opinion about faith, hope and love. They are closely related and dependent on each other.
God endowed Christians, endowed me all that I need. He gave us three things that do I use: faith, hope and love. He gave me so much, that was enough for me and that I may share it with others. We do not know how much we have faith, until it is tested after by experience.
I recently had a difficult time, when God tested me these three things. And I know that I was able to pass by faith in Jesus, the hope of eternal life and the love that I have for the Church.
I would like to encourage you to strive, care, seek faith, hope and love in your life.
Complacency or self worship lead sooner or later to a spiritual death, because are something contrary to nature. Prayer, the community of the faithful, meditation, sacrifice is something originally. But above all, they are a spiritual tool leading to happiness.
Hope feeds on faith. Without faith there is no hope. Hope is needed when what are watching our eyes, denying what learned our faith: that we are not alone, that the hardship and suffering is not due to leave us by God, that when we most lack the presence of God, He is the closest with us. Hope is perseverance. Often associated with it longing, desire, dreams of happiness.
Hope is certainly true that will be fulfilled everything that God wants. Not what I want. Christian hope is neither an abstraction nor wishful thinking, but rests on the solid foundation that is the person of Jesus Christ. Man of hope confidently looks to the future and looks forward to its fulfillment in a happy eternity. His hope is in fact anchored in God.
Peace and Hope
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, wea have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And web boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but wec also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
The Bible tells us that it is enough if our faith will be the size of a mustard seed. Even you can not see when you hold them in your hand. But God sees even the smallest faith in your heart. I read that the mustard seed grows about 60 cm shrub, the flowers turn into pods of grains. The pods when they are very ripe, break and throw a grain of mustard seed, which give rise to the life of the next plant.
Is your life is based on faith in Jesus and His Word or faith in yourself and your own abilities?
To put it in a simple way, if not for the death of Jesus on the cross for our sins, none of us would have eternal life. Jesus Himself said:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
In this statement, Jesus clearly announces the reason of his birth, death and resurrection- to ensure that the way to heaven for all of sinful humanity, which would never have got there on “their own.“
Faith works through love. It is a grace, a gift of God, happiness for the man who has received this gift. Man of faith everywhere he saw traces of God, his faith pierces the thickest walls. Anyone who believes recognizes the difficult experience of God’s will. To believe is to say: to build on God, trust Him, from his perspective, to see life. Faith also means giving oneself to God. Faith is crossing our earthly, human reality.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”
Believe it means to be sure of what is expected to be convinced of the existence of of what we can not see. Faith consists in the fact that we trust the word of God more than self fantasies. Faith involves trust, but also obedience.
Remember falling in love is not love. Love is born of sacrifice, of devotion to another person. And you also in this sacrifice be themselves. Dedication does not kill us, we do not lose your identity, on the contrary, we become the fullness of humanity, the true Child of God.
Sacrifice yourself to others makes our true nature wins over that part of the animal, which to a lesser or greater extent determines our behavior. In addition it allows us to become perfect, worthy of God.
The so-called higher feelings separates us from the animal world. Thanks to them we have a chance to enter the Way of Holiness and to the remain. According to the anthem of love St Paul, we know and we recognize it as an axiom that love is the most important. And love is not kissing, sighing, holding hands. These are all components of a larger whole.
Love. For the true miss everyone but often ends up on the fact that falling in love finally goes away somewhere and remains a stranger next to us. A stranger, because you do not become a part of ourselves. It was a momentary whim, fascination, a fleeting feeling. But at the same feelings does not build lasting happiness. Feelings are fleeting like a stain of petrol on the road, however, is what is true – the victim herself – becomes the foundation of love, the foundation on the rock.
The best love and be love at the same time. Every day. Fondly, lovingly, firmly, sensitively, without trade-offs between me and he / she is. Love without suffering, love without difficulty, love in the breath and touch, love reciprocated. Rarity. Well…