Faith in Christ is not about doctrines, ideologies, rules and regulations, etc.
It’s about receiving Christ’s love by grace through faith and then loving others by Christ manifesting in us by the same grace through faith.
It is the fruit of our union with Christ by His Holy Spirit living in us.
Galatians 5 “6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision amounts to anything, nor uncircumcision, but faith working through love.”
Paul told believers that spiritual gifts and ministry must be motivated by the love for others.
1 Corinthians 13 “If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don’t have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don’t have love, it profits me nothing.”
James said that a true believer will have love for others. Without love, faith is dead.
James 2 “14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man says he has faith, but has no works? Can faith save him? 15 And if a brother or sister is naked and in lack of daily food, 16 and one of you tells them, “Go in peace. Be warmed and filled;” yet you didn’t give them the things the body needs, what good is it? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead in itself.”
John also stated the same thing – faith will produce love.
1 John 3 “16 By this we know love, because he laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But whoever has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, then closes his heart of compassion against him, how does God’s love remain in him? 18 My little children, let’s not love in word only, or with the tongue only, but in deed and truth.”
Paul described the love of Christ that manifests in believers.
1 Corinthians 13 “4 Love is patient and is kind. Love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, 5 doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; 6 doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. 8 Love never fails. “
This love is from God and not our own efforts. He loved us first in saving us so that we can love one another.
1 John 4 “10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another.”
We are not going to be perfectly loving because we still stumble in many ways.
James 3 “2 For we all stumble in many things.”
But being under grace does not mean that we are lawless and recklessly living in sin. We will not love wickedness because grace has given us new hearts that want to do good.
Titus 3 “1 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we would live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age; 13 looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify for himself a people for his own possession, zealous for good works.”
Those who love wickedness and practice it are not saved as the Bible clearly shows here:
Galatians 5 “19 Now the deeds of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit God’s Kingdom.”
Revelation 21 “8 But for the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their part is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
1 Corinthians 6 “9 Or don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Don’t be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor extortionists, will inherit God’s Kingdom. 11 Some of you were such, but you were washed. But you were sanctified. But you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and in the Spirit of our God.”
Some of us have lived in utter lawlessness in the past, but the grace of God saved us not by works. The same grace also transforms us after we believe in Jesus.
Titus 3 “3 For we were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love toward mankind appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy, he saved us through the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly, through Jesus Christ our Savior; 7 that being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
As believers, we will have love for others. Love is the fulfillment of the law in the believer.
Romans 13 “8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. “
Galatians 5 “13 For you, brothers, were called for freedom. Only don’t use your freedom for gain to the flesh, but through love be servants to one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love is the fruit of the Spirit. It is not human effort, but God working in us.
Galatians 5 “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.”
We love others because Jesus loved us first. We did nothing to deserve His love. But then by the grace of God, we love others the same way He loved us – because He does it through us.
Ephesians 5 “Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 Walk in love, even as Christ also loved us and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling fragrance.”
John 13 “34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.””
The more we realize Christ’s unconditional love toward us, the more we will love others. This is the true expression of grace through faith.
God gives His love to us and causes us to walk in love and not fear! He writes His law of love in our hearts and minds.
Hebrews 10 ““This is the covenant that I will make with them:
‘After those days,’ says the Lord, ‘I will put my laws on their heart,
I will also write them on their mind;’”
We love one another and serve others out of love because Jesus Christ loves us first.
John 14 “21 One who has my commandments and keeps them, that person is one who loves me. One who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will reveal myself to him.”