Do You Have This Kind of Faith?

“and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, (:9) obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.” (I Peter 1:8)

What kind of faith does this verse say will end up saving your soul? The kind of faith that:

— Loves the Lord even though you haven’t seen Him. Is this true of your faith? Can you say that you really LOVE Him?  In what ways do you show your love for Him?

— “Greatly rejoices with joy inexpressible.” Do you have something like the kind of feeling and emotion that Peter describes here, in the way that you worship God in your corporate and personal worship times?

The faith that Peter describes here is no mere “mental adherence”. It is a faith that really LOVES the Lord for what He has done for us, and which finds its greatest joy in Him. Is there evidence that such a faith resides in you? Do you “love” and “rejoice” in Him? Or do you just go to church to “do your religious chores” while you try to find your satisfaction and happiness elsewhere?

The old hymn says: “I love Thee, I love Thee, and that Thou dost know; but how much I love Thee my actions will show.” What do your actions — and your feelings and your joy — say about the kind of faith that you really have? Is it anything like the kind of faith that Peter says here will save your soul?

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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