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What Does Faith Look Like

Faith is displayed in many places in Scripture. One interesting example is in Luke 8:43-48 with the parallel verses in Mark 5:27-34 and Matt. 9:20 discussed in our Small Group class. It involved a women who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, who touched the hem of Jesus’ cloak, and was instantly healed. There is a great deal one could draw from this brief miraculous event. However, for the purposes of this post consider what Jesus said in response to her action…

Luke 8:48 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

This women is a picture of what faith looks like. Consider her situation of twelve years being unclean, ostracized from those around her. Below are words one could use to describe her, and concurrently what faith must look like.

  • Shame
  • Fear
  • Desperation
  • A Willingness to Act
  • Embarrassment
  • Disappointment
  • Perseverance

Below are some verses that offer hope and conviction was we, Biblical Christians consider our “faith”.

Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Romans 10:17
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.

1 Corinthians 2:5
So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Matthew 17:20
He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Jeff Hilles | BCWorldveiw.org

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