What is important is faith expressing itself in love.
I am not good at math. When figuring out what amount to leave as a tip at a restaurant, I will ask Siri 45% of the time, my CPA wife 65% of the time, and my own brain 0% of the time.
I remember two things from my four years of high school math: the Pythagorean Theorem, and the Law of Modus Tollens. The former I can recall because it’s literally just the alphabet (A2 + B2 = C2); the latter I remember because it sounds funny.
The Pythagorean Theorem is about triangles (i.e. useless to me). Modus Tollens, however, is about logic...and it is surprisingly applicable to understanding spiritual growth.
Imagine a simple statement of logic: If A is true, then B is true.
Modus Tollens, referred to as “the way that denies by denying,” tells us that if B is NOT true, then A is also NOT true. (It denies A by denying B).
As an example: If it is a car, then it has wheels. According to Modus Tollens, if it does NOT have wheels, then we know it is NOT a car. Make sense?
The human inclination is to measure our personal righteousness by church attendance or longevity, or by the avoidance of certain “really bad” sins. Paul’s exhortation in Galatians 5, though, reminds us that those things are not a measure of our faith. Love is.
If you have faith, you will express it in love. Thus, if you DON’T love others, you DON’T really have faith.
Do you want to know how your faith is? Just look at how far you go to sacrificially love others.
Here’s some more really cool faith/love logic:
...If you have faith, you will express it in love. THEREFORE...
...If you love people, you will see God move mountains in their lives!
Re-read 1 Corinthians 13 this week and ask God to bring to your mind some people to whom you need to extend sacrificial love.