Devotional: Fruit of the Spirit – FAITH
Galatians 5:22-23 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)
“And the fruit of the Spirit is: Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law; and those who are Christ’s, the flesh did crucify with the affections, and the desires; if we may live in the Spirit, in the Spirit also we may walk; let us not become vain-glorious — one another provoking, one another envying!”
What is faith exactly? How do you define it? Some people think of it as to truly believe in something without a doubt. Well, that’s part of it, but faith and belief are two different things. Faith is not something that we can create on our own. It is a gift from God. We can believe things on our own inspired by outside influences. Even the enemy can distract you and distort the truth to make you “believe” differently. However, faith is a gift of conviction from God on what is truth.
The interlinear bible shows that the original Greek word used for faith was pistis. Pistis is translated specifically to mean belief, trust, and confidence. The Greek root of pistis is peithô (“to persuade, be persuaded”). So, we can deduct that faith is persuasion from God to show us the truth. Belief can be the result of persuation that can come from other sources than God.
1 Corinthians 12:9
“To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;”
So, we know that faith is belief, trust, and confidence in something given to us by God, Himself, through the Holy Spirit. When we can fully trust in God enough to completely rely on His Word and believe that what we are waiting for will come to pass. That is faith.