Authentic Faith

By Jaime Schreiner
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Sometimes we mistakenly judge faith by superficial actions or by adherence to religious traditions. But when our faith is truly growing, the fruit of the Spirit will be evident in our lives.

“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.

Copyright © 2013 Jaime Schreiner. From the Focus on the Family website at FocusOnTheFamily.com.

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