LIFE OF FAITH BY H. H. POPE SHENOUDA III
LIFE OF FAITH
H. H. POPE SHENOUDA III
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit One God. Amen.
Faith is not merely adopting a set of beliefs that you may say in the “Creed”, but a way of life or adherence to that which leads to life.
To what benefit is believing in God without having a relationship with him, obeying and loving Him?
In addition, what is the benefit of believing in eternity and in life after death if one does not prepare for it by repentance, spiritual vigil, and loving God?
And to what benefit is believing in virtues if one does not live them? Therefore there is a big difference between theoretical faith which does not save the soul, and practical faith, the fruits of which are evident in one's life.
This book was written to explain to you the meaning of faith, its stages and types and its importance in our lives and its greatness.
St. Paul wrote, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves” (2 Cor. 13:5).
Not everyone who says he believes has faith, but is measured according to God's saying “You will know them by their fruits” (Matt. 7:16).
There are those who claim to have faith, but have neither the heart nor the life of a believer. So what then is the life of a believer?
The life of faith is linked with peace, tranquillity and lack of fear, for when you become afraid, then the Lord will say to you “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matt. 14:31).
The life of a believer is also associated with purity of behaviour, for the believer feels the presence of God, who sees, hears and records all that he does. For this reason the believer feels ashamed and afraid of wrong doing in front of God.
The life of a believer is a life of submission to the will of God. Having faith that God is the maker of all things, and all that He permits to happen is for our own good. In this way, God’s children live in peace, happiness and satisfaction with all that God grants them.
The life of faith does not believe anything is impossible for the Lord, who said, “All things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23).
Therefore the believer does not quiver in times of distress, but believes wholeheartedly that God has many solutions, and will interfere to fulfil His will.
The believer does not enter into an argument with God about His doing, but accepts all things and confidence in God's wisdom and love.
The believer concentrates on the unseen than the visible things,
“For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18).
The heroes of faith are not only those who defended their faith, but also those who lived a fruitful life of faith that worked in love.
This book before you, gives you a clarified ideas on the life of faith, how it acquired, and how to test if you are really in faith or not.
Pope Shenouda III