The Bible says, “faith works by love” (Gal. 5:6). Think about that for a moment. Faith is activated, operated, energized—by love. It doesn’t work by adhering to a set of religious rules, or performing well enough for God to notice you.
Faith declares, “You love me, Jesus. You truly love me, and I receive it.” It’s allowing yourself to be loved unconditionally, and living in so much awareness of God’s affection for you that it overwhelms fear, hopelessness, and pain. Faith in his love for you transforms how you think about yourself, your circumstances, and the people around you, until you can see everyone and everything for what they can become in that love.