“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”
The Bible encourages us to grow in faith and love as you wait to receive the mercy of God. Sometimes the strongest evidence of faith is not when we get the promises, but the fruit of our lives when we are waiting for the fulfillment. In times of waiting, our character is tested; patience, strength, conviction, and love are tested.
Sometimes the ones you love hurt you the most; the ones you give to, deny you the most; the ones you reach out to, resist you the most; yet you keep believing, hoping and praying because your faith is mixed with love.
Inside of Jacob, the trickster was Israel the Prince; inside Mary Magdalene, the sinner woman, was a saint. Faith mixed with love transformed their lives. Faith keeps us praying and love keeps us reaching. It is just like Jesus to have faith in us and then to love us through our journey. His love keeps us, gives us hope, redeems our mistakes, and cheers us on to the finish line. Faith and love are the wings of victory that keeps us soaring while His mercy is always their there to catch us if we fall.
I am secured in the love of God and kept by His mercy that is new every morning.
Read the Bible in One Year: Ruth 1-4; Luke 8:1-25