1 Timothy 1:14
…and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.
When we are born again there are two very important elements that we find in our relationship with Jesus Christ. They are faith and love. Once born again we are given a measure of faith and the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. God gives us these two new elements so that we can begin to live a whole new way of life. We are to learn how to walk by faith and walk in the love of God.
We are to take the measure of faith God gives us and continue to develop and use our new found faith. Simply put, faith believes in and acts as if the Word of God is true. Walking by faith is walking by what God’s Word says and not what your circumstances say. Feeding on the Word is vital to your faith walk for this is how faith continues to come. But you must act upon the Word to walk by the faith you have been given.
We are also to walk in love, treating others the way we want to be treated no matter how they treat us. This also requires action on our part based on the love of God that is now in our hearts, and not acting upon our fleshly outer nature. Faith is dependent on this love for faith works through love. If you get out of love your faith will not work. Receiving Christ as your Lord means to receive a whole new way to live your life here on earth. God gave us new life so we could live a “new life”, walking by faith in the love of God.