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posted Mar 26, 2020, 9:24 AM by Jacob Boer

Q. What is true faith?

A. True faith is not only a sure knowledge by which I hold as true all that God has revealed to us in Scripture; it is also a wholehearted trust, which the Holy Spirit creates in me by the gospel, that God has freely granted, not only to others but to me also, forgiveness of sins, eternal righteousness, and salvation.

These are gifts of sheer grace, granted solely by Christ’s merit.


I love how this question and answer talks about faith as being, not just knowledge with the head, but also a heart knowledge that you feel deep in your bones. Knowing with our heads that we’re forgiven and saved is good, but experiencing it deep in our heart and soul makes it real. It’s like loving someone. I know that my wife Joyce loves me with my head, but experiencing her love in my heart is more powerful and knowing that I am loved gives me confidence to head out in the morning, knowing that no matter how hard the day is, I’m coming home to someone who loves me. This love isn’t something I’ve earned; it’s just given to me.

That’s what faith is like, it’s not just a head thing, it’s a heart and head thing that gives us the strength to go out every day, asking God, “Who do you want me to be this day,” and then being open to whatever happens, knowing that no matter how hard the day may be, no matter that whatever comes your way that might take all your wisdom, compassion, and strength to get through, you know that because Jesus loves you with everything he is, that he will get you through it.

At a time like this, I think of people like nurses, emergency personnel, cashiers in grocery stores, and others on the front lines of this virus, and I pray that they know that God is using them to be a huge blessing and that he will give them what they need to get through this time. May your faith strengthen you today.

Lord thank you for the gift of faith that gives us the strength for today. Amen