True Faith Requires Spirit

True faith requires our spirit. What is our spirit? It is when our mind and heart act together. When they act independently they are just tools for intellectual or emotional responses to the world around us. When they work together, we develop a complete picture and it animates our bodies into action.

For example, we can look at a crucifix and we can intellectualize what it meant for Jesus to die on the cross. But without being moved emotionally, meaning we experience the love Jesus is showing us, we fail to fully grasp why Jesus died for us.

Likewise, we can see a crucifix and be moved to tears to see Jesus suffering on the cross. However, without our minds thinking about how we respond to this profound gift of love, we also fail to grasp why Jesus died for us.

Mind and heart, working to together, we are able to begin to understand and experience Jesus’ love. We are also able to respond to that love

Natural as a Child Loving a Parent

We can claim we are Christian. We can act like a Christian. But these words and actions are nothing more than wind unless we dwell in God’s love and respond to that love in action. Fortunately, there is nothing we have to do but let God love us. Our response will be as natural as a child loving a parent.