Faith is action. The action of trusting, surrendering, giving, in other words, of acting according to what we believe. The power of faith, by nature, does not rest until it sees its dream come true. And so it fights, works, trusts and waits, not only to gain material blessings, but above all, to keep a clean conscience.
Let’s take forgiveness as an example. In order to receive the greatest benefit of faith—eternal life—we depend on forgiveness. But what can be done if we are possessed by pride? It becomes impossible. In this case, our faith to conquer the whole world is useless. How can faith ignore the Word that says: “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14,15)?
It’s hard to forgive if we are not possessed by the Spirit of God.
By Bishop Macedo