Faith is a weird thing. You can’t see it. You can’t taste it or touch it. But you can sense it. You can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. You can see with the eyes of faith and you can know the truth. Yet it is very hard to describe to others.
Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy. (1 Peter 1:8, AMP)
True faith produces a strong love to Jesus. True faith produces love, joy, and peace in us. True faith rejoices in Jesus. Because faith is a gift from God. We just need to receive it and let the Holy Spirit work in us: to produce a strong love to Jesus, to produce love, joy, and peace in us. To surprise us with grace day by day.
9 [At the same time] you receive the result (outcome, consummation) of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:9, AMP)
As we believe in Jesus we are already enjoying certain essential elements of salvation like peace, joy, and fellowship with God. But full possession of real faith awaits the return of Christ. Meanwhile we can exult and thrill with inexpressible, glorious, triumphant, heavenly joy right now, right here. We are not called to live in gloom and doom. We are called to live in God’s amazing grace.
Thank you for giving us faith
to believe you and love you.
Thank you for pouring out
grace, peace, and joy.
Show us how to live in grace,
how to live out faith in joy.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Do you live in gloom and doom? Or do you revel in God’s grace?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you rejoice in the Lord!