“Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?” Galatians 3:5
- What religious or moral traditions did you learn growing up?
- What aspects of a person’s behavior show his or her faith in Christ?
- How can we help each other become more authentic in our faith?
Sometimes we mistakenly judge faith by superficial actions or by adherence to religious traditions. We may even set a standard of behavior by which we measure spiritual “progress.” These rules can lead believers to focus on outward behavior while moving away from a real relationship with the Savior. But when our faith is truly growing, the fruit of the Spirit will be evident in our lives (Galatians 5:22-23). Then good behaviors will flow out of our love for God rather than an obedience to religious laws.
For devotions to help make your faith — and your marriage — stronger each week of the year, see Jim and Jean Daly’s book The Best Year of Your Marriage: 52 devotions to bring you closer.