If you have been born again you received salvation because you heard the Word of God concerning salvation and God gave you the faith to receive His salvation. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” God is love and you responded to Love Himself. Romans 5:5 says, “…the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” So as a result of responding to Love you received Him (God, who is love).
In the letter written to the Galatians Paul said by the Holy Spirit that faith works through love. Now if we are honest with ourselves we will notice that sometimes our faith is not operating like it should. And most of the time it is because of a violation of Love. Walking in Love is so important and often so overlooked. It is one of the last instructions given to us by Jesus before He went to the cross.
Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35) The way the world is going to know that we are His disciples is by the way you and I love each other. By the way fellow christians treat each other. Not by our church sign. Not by our “christian bumper sticker.” Not by our denomination. But by the way I treat you and you treat me (fellow christians).
When we don’t conduct our lives based on Love it hinders the working of our faith. It is not a question of whether or not you have faith, the question is why isn’t working. You can have dormant faith. But we have the faith we need or we wouldn’t have been able to receive salvation. And we have the Love of God because it was deposited into us at salvation. So we have what we need to receive everything that God has for our lives.
You can do this! God has equipped you to walk in Love. He gave you His love. He gave you His faith. He gave you His Spirit. If you haven’t been walking in love lately don’t allow the enemy to condemn you. Don’t condemn yourself. Just confess it and God will forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. If God is for you who can be against you? Another way of saying that is, if Love is for you who can be against you!