Werner Elert (1885-1954) makes a note that “faith and love must always be distinguished in such a way that faith concerns the person and love concerns the works.” We are given the gift of faith by the Holy Spirit and the result of this faith is acting in love toward those we interact with. Ellert goes on, “Faith remains the actor and love remains the deed.”

I believe that God and Jesus have great faith in us. I would even go so far as to say that when Paul says, “We are saved by grace through faith,” this faith is Christ’s faith in us (otherwise faith is still something we have to do). The result of this faith is love. Loving deeds for the earth, animals, fellow persons. Jesus indicates that with faith we will do his commandments – love God and love your neighbor.

What do you make of this correlation between faith and love?