Paul showed it was possible to have the faith that could move mountains, or make one give away all his possessions, and even his own life, and yet still be empty of love. Love builds up; love never fails. The choices made for love, the life laid down for love will never be a waste. Our faith is always in God. But faith in the God we can’t see must find expression through loving the people we can see if it would profit us anything.
Selfishness is the dynamic of isolation and fragmentation in this world bound by death. Love is the dynamic of life and resurrection in the same death-bound world. As such, every act of unselfish kindness, every moment of love, is a teaspoon taste of resurrection that makes us look upward where we long to realize the full measure of life and love God has waiting for us in heaven.
We want the faith to move mountains. We want to say to the mountain of sickness and suffering, “Be taken up and cast forever into the sea.” And for that we pray in Jesus’ name! But more than that, we pray for the faith that expresses itself through love (Galatians 5:6). Our faith is in God. As we make the sacrifice of love for our fellow man, we’re putting all of our trust in the one who loved us so much that he died for us and then rose from the dead. We’re trusting that he will see and reward our every effort to be true to His love.
We pray for faith to express that kind of love that suffers long and is still kind, does not envy or boast and is not proud. We pray for faith to express the kind of love that never dishonors others, is not self-seeking, nor easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs. We pray for the faith to express the kind of love that takes no pleasure in evil, but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. It never fails. For there is no miracle to be seen on earth greater than the moving of the mountain of selfishness and the releasing of Christ’s resurrection life through sacrificial love.