What is important is faith expressing itself in love. (Galatians 5:6b)
It has become an essential verse of my life.
We can justify so many things as expressions of love, but many are distortions. To express faith through love requires bold humility and constant truth checks. It requires inviting God to define what love looks like as it responds and when it responds. It is God-controlled not self-determined.
It is a surrender, a complete willingness to let everything about self die, then trusting God to use death for life. Some death simply needs to die. God prunes what is unnecessary or a hindrance to growth. He brings life out of death, too. A seed must die to yield more growth – and more seeds, which will eventually need to die to yield more growth.
It is a constant process of death yielding to life.
It is a constant process of faith expressing itself in love.
Even what we view as unusable can be worthy.
Even what we view as worthy might need to die.
Only God knows which is which and when.
Only God can guide us well in the expression of faith through love.