Discovering Love Is Faith in Action

by Bill Bright

The huge, beautiful ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Chicago was crowded to capacity with more than 1,300 college students and Campus Crusade for Christ staff.

The spiritually-hungry students seemed to hang onto my every word as I explained one of the most exciting spiritual discoveries I had ever made.

For years I had spoken on the subject of love. I had a beautiful four-point outline:

First, God loves us unconditionally.

Second, we are commanded to love others-God, our neighbors, and even our enemies.

Third, we are incapable of loving others in our own strength.

Fourth, we can love others with God's love.

But, as in the case of most sermons on love, something was missing.

Early one morning some years later, I was awakened from a deep sleep. I felt impressed to get up, open my Bible, and kneel to read and pray. What I discovered during the next two hours has since enriched my life and the lives of tens of thousands of others. 

In that life-changing time of fellowship with the Lord, I was given a fifth point for my future sermons on love: We love by faith!

Suddenly I was able to more clearly see that love is not a mushy feeling, but a decision-an act of our wills. We can "choose" to love, and we do so "by faith." We may not feel like it. A person may have hurt us and even hate us, but we can love that person by faith. And we know that God operates through our faith.

On one occasion when I spoke to a group of pastors about the importance of God's supernatural love and loving by faith, one of the pastors came up to me after the meeting. "Six months ago," he said, "there was a man in my church who opposed everything I wanted to do. Frankly, I couldn't stand the man, and he couldn't stand me. We were at an impasse, and the church was being split because of it. I heard you speak on loving by faith,' and I determined that I would love him. I began to claim God's love for him by faith. Six months have passed, and that man is now my very best friend."

God's love is real and His power to love people through us by our faith is also real. 

"Love never fails" (1 Cor. 13:8).

Copyright (c) 2002, Bill Bright

The late Dr. Bright was founder and chairman of Campus Crusade for Christ.

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