Have you ever said, “I have faith in..?” As a Christian, the word faith is in our day-to-day lingo, but have you ever taken a second to reflect on what the word actually means?

The Bible, Hebrews 11:1,  states: Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.”

Whoa. Believing in something even if we do not see it; having faith in something that we only believe in our hearts. This sounds a lot like our personal relationships with God. Faith is the beginning of our relationship and our walk with God. We cannot see God, but we have faith that He is real and that He is who He says He is. To accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have to have faith before we are able to believe. Faith is the foundation of our walk with Christ. Later in Hebrews 11, it states “Without faith no one can please God. Anyone who comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who truly want to find him.” The Bottom line? Without faith there is no relationship with God. This opened my eyes to what faith really means. I always knew it was important, but I didn’t realize how much this one word could mean in our walk with God.

The Word also tells us that faith without works is dead. The Apostle Paul says in 2 Peter 1:5-7 that there are things we need to add to our faith. Because you have these blessings, do your best to add these things to your lives: to your faith, add goodness; and to your goodness, add knowledge; and to your knowledge, add self-control; and to your self-control, add patience; and to your patience, add service for God; and to your service for God, add kindness for your brothers and sisters in Christ; and to this kindness, add love.” Our relationship with God is ever moving and ever changing. This verse begins by telling us that this is a blessing and that we are challenged to add these to our lives, which once again makes faith a foundation. On this foundation, we must add:

Goodness: when you become a Christian, you want to try to be a better person. You try to start figuring out the difference between right and wrong.

Knowledge: you should want to learn more about who God is. Start reading your Bible, going to church, and spending time in prayer. Our relationship with God is a lot like having a relationship with another person. A good, strong relationship requires that you know the other person. The deeper your knowledge grows, the stronger your relationship becomes.

Self-control: since you now have goodness and knowledge, you know the difference between right and wrong. Self-control is disciplining yourself to do things that are pleasing to God and avoiding those things which are not.

Patience: wait on the Lord. Patience is continuing to do what is right regardless of the outcome or situation. Patience could also be waiting for God to answer your prayers or respond to your cries.

Service: doing things that benefit and expand God’s Kingdom. Examples: helping around the church, helping those who are less fortunate, or simply living for God.

Kindness: caring for the people around you and putting their needs above yours. Be especially kind to those who are not kind to you.

Love: when we become loving, we become more like God has called us to be because God is love. Jesus tells us that the most important commandment is to love.

I challenge you to examine yourself today. Where are you in your progression of faith?  Just remember, faith is our foundation and we are called to keep building.

Lauren P
FFL Cabinet Member
Lauren is a mid-west girl. She is majoring in public relations and serves as PR manager for her school's College Republicans chapter. You can find Lauren drinking coffee, watching Fox News, spreading the FFL message, or listening to music. She has a desire to travel and explore new places. She has a passion for the conservative movement and hopes to help young women realize that conservatism is empowering.

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