I Heard of Your Faith and Love #716

15  Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16  do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: (Ephesians 1:15–16, NKJV)

How do you hear about someone’s faith in the Lord and love for fellow Christians? Surely we can see that faith in the Lord is more than mental agreement, and love for the brethren is more than holding an emotion in the heart. Faith cannot be seen unless it is active: “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (Jas. 2:18). Our verse implies the Ephesians were living in such a way that others knew their faith and love. Paul had been told about their faith and love. Their vibrant, obedient faith in Jesus was on display through their acts of love for all the saints. Hearing of their faith and love led Paul to gave unceasing thanks for them in his prayers. Be sure to express your faith in Christ and your brotherly love through obedient service. May others hear of your faith in the Lord and of your love for the saints, and may thanksgiving for you ascend to God’s throne.