Grace to you!
Ever wondered about the first time Abraham was crowned righteous in the bible? It was in Genesis 15:6. This is how Scripture describes it: "And he (Abram) believed the Lord, and he reckoned it to him as righteousness."
Before now, God had spoken to Abraham three different times. Abraham didn't make any request to God who had spoken to him, though he was in dire need. He simply obeyed God and followed His directives. It was in Genesis 15:3 that he made a personal request for the first time, saying that he has no offspring.
This is a fascinating example from a man who had personal needs but chose not to place his personal concerns before the need to obey the Lord. God sees a heart that is obedient despite the worries that sometimes weigh us down. Let not our personal needs be an obstacle to listening to the voice of God and doing His will.
Observe, too, that Abraham’s justification was based on his believing in the word of God. Yet he produced fruits by doing what God, in whom he believed, commanded.
The Lord, warning against the deceit of counterfeits, false prophets, tells us that we can know the true by their fruits: “ You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits. (Mt 7:16-20)
Faith or belief or confession should be authenticated by fruitful faith-life. Saint Paul calls it faith working through charity (Gal 5:6).
Often when people judge a believer, the litmus test isn't in the ability to claim belief in God or to have a sense of optimism flowing from such belief. It is the fruits of the Spirit, what the false can't mimic, that authenticates the faith we profess.
Scripture gives us some list of those fruits. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law” (Gal 2:22-23).
To posses these fruits is to live a blessed, fruitful faith-life. The deepening of our faith is fruitfulness because it is those fruits that make our faith a vehicle for divine praise. As the Lord admonishes us, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Mt 5:16).
Praying that our faith will mature in charity. Amen
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Gn 15:1-12, 17-18; Mt 7:15-20]
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.