“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love.” (Galatians 5:6)
We may confess salvation by faith with our mouths, but in our hearts we work to keep (or earn more of) God’s love.
The proof is in our pride: the false belief that we are somehow better than others because of what we’ve done for God.
There can be no doubt, doing things for God is vitally important, essential in this way: “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love.” Faith must be expressed because it is a belief that is strong enough to translate into action. Weak beliefs are called opinions. And they flee fast when action is required to prove their worth.
The Galatians began in faith, but fell into a works mentality. Paul spoke definitively to correct their error.
Two questions are useful here:
- How should my faith express itself?
- How can I earn more of God’s love?
The first question takes a lifetime of perseverance to answer. The second is much more simple: nothing.