Faith is not knowledge!

Image
Faith is not the human act of merely consenting to theological knowldge but it is the divine act of submitting both our Intellect and Will to God's revelation. If the Intellect alone is employed, knowledge remains simply as true and good life-giving information. It does not transform our life nor does it give life. Faith without action is dead. Jam 2:26 Will is the faculty of the soul which seeks to love that which is known. And 'loving' is not simply liking the information but the act of becoming what we have come to know. In other words loving is to freely act upon the information in such a way that knowledge becomes a living experience. If I come to know that in order to sustain my life I must drink water and if I do not act on this information and drink water, this knowledge does not do me any good.  In order for my faith to be active and alive, my Will has to be in harmony with the Intellect. It also means both my Intellect and Will should be surrendered to God. The di

The change we all desire

All of us, at some point in our lives, negate a strong inclination from within to change. To change the way we behave in specific situations. This includes how we react to certain situations, questionable ways we operate to fulfill some of our unspecific desires, Certain passions at work in us that give rise to actions that we are not truly comfortable with etc.

This desire to change is a positive drive and a default mechanism within man that operates as result of our original goodness. All of us are inherently good. At the same time we are also the result of the situations we have gone through, our circumstances, certain traits that is passed down to us from our parents and grandparents. The usual tendency is to live with these anomalies and get used to it so much that we fail to differentiate what is innate from what is acquired.

All of us, at any point of time can change. The process of change begins with an awareness that I need to change. The challenge is to take this awareness further by resisting the temptation to compromise. The process that helps in this refinement is called reflection. Though sounds simple, it is a path breaking exercise. It is a process by which we analyze and understand the pattern that is at work in us and process this understanding and execute the change in our attitude and actions. It is a daily process for someone who wants to grow in maturity and make a difference in the world, unavoidable if we need to leave a legacy behind.

Change is a painful yet fruitful process. This process could also be understood as: Death – Resurrection – New life. One needs to die to his ego and pride to facilitate change. It is like the grain of wheat that falls on the ground and dies to bring forth a new plant. Change precedes pain but proceeds to everlasting Joy.

To facilitate a fruitful reflection, we need to have a reference point. We determine an action or thought to be good or bad by comparing it to a higher value. This higher value is the reference point I’m referring to. A reflection with out higher value reference point will be mere thinking about the past.

Jesus offers this moral reference point for us. Jesus said I’m the Truth. He also said you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.

God not only gives us a higher moral reference point but also the grace to change. The grace is a free gift. It is in other words God’s helping hand to execute change. Grace is available to all freely and the only criterion is that we should be human. This is because all of us are God’s children.

The reflection is a daily process. The keywords to remember are: Daily quiet time - juxtapose thoughts, attitudes and actions to a higher moral reference point – identify areas to change – translate decisions to actions - Depend not on our ability but on God's grace - Resist the temptation to revert to mediocrity - Seek to improve despite failure – finally change for better and know there is room to change still.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

പരിമിതനാമെന്നെ ഒരുക്കണമേ

I'm a sinner

The Second Honeymoon