“How Shall We Live?
The Apostle Paul, quoting an Old Testament prophet, summarized what it means to be a believer when he wrote,
“The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).
Perhaps in this simple statement we understand the difference between a religion that is frail and ineffectual and one that has the power to transform lives.
But to understand what it means to live by faith, we must understand what faith is.
Faith is more than belief. It is complete trust in God accompanied by action. It is more than wishing. It is more than merely sitting back, nodding our heads, and saying we agree. When we say “the just shall live by faith,” we mean we are guided and directed by our faith. We act in a manner that is consistent with our faith—not out of a sense of thoughtless obedience but out of a confident and sincere love for our God and for the priceless wisdom He has revealed to His children.
Faith must be accompanied by action; else it has no life (see James 2:17). It is not faith at all. It doesn’t have the power to change a single individual, let alone the world.
Men and women of faith trust in their merciful Heavenly Father—even during times of uncertainty, even during times of doubt and adversity when they may not see perfectly or understand clearly.
Men and women of faith earnestly walk the path of discipleship and strive to follow the example of their beloved Savior, Jesus Christ. Faith motivates and, indeed, inspires us to incline our hearts to heaven and to actively reach out, lift up, and bless our fellowmen.
Religion without action is like soap that remains in the box. It may have wondrous potential, but in reality it has little power to make a difference until it fulfills its intended purpose. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of action. The Church of Jesus Christ teaches true religion as a message of hope, faith, and charity, including helping our fellowmen in spiritual and temporal ways.”
Those words are from “The Just Shall Live By Faith” by Presidebt Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
I read this today and really needed the message!
I have fibromyalgia and the symptoms have been extremely vivid (?) for a little over a week. The pain and exhaustion have been more than double their normal. President Uchtdorf’s words helped me remember that no matter how my physical symptoms are, God loves me, Jesus understands and I get to live patiently through my trials (Alma17:11)