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As we become serious about God, earnestly try to improve ourselves for his sake, our belief, faith and love deepens


   One thing I have noticed is that as we become more and more 
   serious about God and going his way, as we become more and more 
   earnest and sincere in our effort to follow him, as we actively 
   look for sins in our own life and try to get rid of them for 
   his sake, as we do things "for his sake", we find our belief 
   getting deeper and deeper, our faith getting deeper and deeper.  
   Thus we see that "works" bring belief and faith, that they 
   breed it.  Is this faith that is bred by being earnest about 
   God, by trying to please him by improving ourselves, perhaps 
   the faith that the Bible is talking about when it says we are 
   justified by faith?  I have noticed something else, too.  Our 
   love for God and for our fellow man deepens as we in sincerity 
   and earnestness try to change ourselves for his sake.  We may 
   have a lot of resentment and hatred in our heart toward people 
   and society and may think "love your neighbor" is just 
   impossible for us, a mental gymnastic that we just can't 
   manage.  But as we become earnest about God and going his way, 
   as we try, the hatred starts just automatically fading away and 
   we find ourselves able to love.  And we start loving. 

   Nov 1977

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