How can a man tell he has faith? One can feel he is nothing,
that God is everything, he may be convinced of sin and conscious he
cannot save himself, and yet have no faith. He may wish to be
saved by Christ, feel the warmth of love of God in his heart,
rejoice in Him and desire His glory, and still have no faith.
Not that these things are not necessary for, in fact, they
are, but you can have all these without an ounce of faith.
Why? Because there is a difference between feeling right and
doing right. In faith, one has to act. This act is like
the voucher that you have faith.
Even if you spoke like an angel, I would not believe on the ground
of your speaking, until you act upon the things you teach. The
action is the evidence of living faith.
Every act of faith must have the element of obedience to the
commandments of Christ. A little denial of some comfort to
relieve the sick ad the needy, to curb one's temper, to forgive
one's enemies, to resist the ridicule of the world, show more faith
than the most brilliant lecture or conversation or explanation of
Good thoughts save no one. Obedience does.