Reading through Luke Chapter 7, I come to the last verse where I read,
And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. (Luke 7:50, KJV)
Her faith? I had to pause to think about that for a moment. Certainly, I saw her love in that chapter, after all she washed His feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. She knelt before Him kissing His feet. She poured out her costly perfume. She didn’t move mountains. She didn’t heal the sick. She didn’t quote any scripture… but kneeling humbly before Him, she loved.
And then I’m reminded that faith without works is dead.
I’m reminded how “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” (1 Corinthians 13:1, NIV)
I’m reminded how the mark of a true believer is love. It’s not the signs that mark our church doors, or the number of Bibles we own that define us. It’s love shining in us and through us, because of the One that we love.
Don’t get me wrong, love isn’t faith—it’s a response to faith that brings us down to our knees at the foot of the cross. Faith that recognizes the depth of our sin, our need for salvation, and love for the One Who is able to save.
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Tilling the Soil
Read Luke 7:36-50
AAnd he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. (Luke 7:50, KJV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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