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“…faith expresses itself through love…When we give love and respect to others, their faith level rises. You and I become a mirror, a witness, of Jesus to the world around us. Love from you draws out faith in others.” (Life Application Study Bible, Galatians 5:6, Frank Hammond)“

The connection between faith and love cannot be stressed enough—love makes faith deeper, while faith makes love stronger. Mere assent to religious philosophy always fails to rise to the level of true faith and love…Let’s work so that our Christian faith progresses from being about something we know to being about Someone we love.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

“In sickness and, in general, during bodily infirmity, as well as in affliction, a man cannot in the beginning burn with faith and love for God, because in affliction and sickness the heart aches, whilst faith and love require a sound heart, a calm heart. This is why we must not very much grieve if during sickness and affliction we cannot believe in God, love Him, and pray to Him fervently as we ought to everything has its proper time.” (St. John of Kronstadt)

“When Jesus healed in the Gospel He often told the person who He healed that ‘your faith has made you well.’ Faith is key to our wellness. However, when we are sick or tormented, sometimes our faith is not accessible to us because the pain and torment is too much. We need the faith of others. Faith from others comes only through their love. Consider the case of the paralytic who was lowered through the roof by his friends. The Scripture reads that when He [Christ] saw their faith He told the paralytic his sins were forgiven and He healed him (Luke 5:20). It was the love of these men for their friend that motivated them to act in faith. There is no true faith without love.” (Sacramental Living Ministries)

“The energy that drives the intercessory prayers of the Church is love…Intercessory prayer is ultimately an expression of love and compassion for all that exists…in a society plagued by self-centeredness and excessive ego gratification, the act of intercessory prayer draws us out of ourselves to the other; the other being God and our neighbor. Intercessory prayer is a selfless act on our part although we do receive benefits from such prayer – all prayer done in a spirit of faith and love.” (Father John Oliver, Father Jason Delvitto)

"Faith in our Lord, when fully grown, produces godly love in us for others, whether they are in the Church or in the world, including those who reject the faith and hate us for it. For this reason, the Apostle Paul tells the disciples in Galatia that “as we have opportunity, let us do good to all” (Gal 6:10). Unless care, respect, kindness, patience, and consideration for the needs of others is manifest in us, our profession of Christ is sorely lacking. How shall we say it? Trust in Christ means loving as He does! Such love leads us to holiness.” (Dynamis 11/6/2018)

“A certain brother asked Abba Pimenion, “What is faith?” And the old man said, “To live ever in loving-kindness and humility, and to do good to one’s neighbor.” (The Desert Fathers and Mothers)

“Preserve by every means simplicity of heart, simplicity of faith, hope and love, of meekness, humility and gentleness. Every good comes from God, and God is every good for us. This is the simplicity of faith, hope, and love.” (St. John of Kronstadt)

“A true Christian is made by faith and love toward Christ.” (St. Herman of Alaska)

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