My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
~ 1 John3:18-22 ~
Faith in God and faith toward God are two different things. Faith in God involves trusting who He is, what He says and what He can do. Faith toward God includes another divine element: an unwavering confidence in our relationship with Him. When we have faith toward God, we are confident that He is not only able but willing—even eager—to do what we ask of Him because of the special place we have in His heart.
~ What Does Confidence Have to do With Faith? ~
Fellowship with other Christians is always full of surprises. People smiling and showing gratitude for their blessings may be the very ones who have the most unrelenting problems in their lives. Yet they have the courage to turn their thoughts and focus on learning to find peace. To develop a way to be of service toward others. How have they found this serenity? It is because they do not appear to depend on their own limited resources. Their focus is on the Most High and Jesus Christ. Through Christ, they possess an assurance and confidence of faith.
I strive to work daily toward acquiring serenity in my own life. To face my struggles with the assurance and confidence of faith in and toward my Heavenly Father. Not in word or love but in the actions I take that speak boldly of my inward faith.
It is the difference in people, and not the severity of our trials, that shows most dramatically in our fellowship. This proves to me that the way I approach my own problems is important, however overwhelming they may seem. With my Heavenly Father’s divine help I will accept what I am not able to change. With courage, composure, and confidence in Christ.
TODAY’S PRAYER AND MEDITATION
Heavenly Father, as I continue to grow in my faith and confidence in you and your Son, increase my serenity in recognizing what I am no longer able to control and change. Grant me courage and wisdom to change those things that are in need of changing. With courage and conviction of faith in you, O Lord, I continue to place my trust in your will and not my own. In Jesus Name, Amen
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