"Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?" Galatians 3:3
Belief: an attitude of trust.
Faith: acts of trust and commitment, not as a need to achieve but out of a desire to please, to live out what you believe.
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My relationship with God is more than the sum of character traits and principles and values, but because His Holy Spirit lives in me, I can be led and directed in ways non-Christians can't be. There is a deeper understanding of who I am and of the world and of the events of the world than any non-Christian can have.
My faith is built on having a relationship with God, on the fact that He loves me, forgives me, and is greatly interested in who I am and what I do.
So then, the sum of my Christianity is not in the character traits I attain or the lifestyle I live, but in Whose I am and the relationship I have with Him. Knowing this, that I am His and He is mine, and choosing to live as such, unleashes the potential God has designed to work in and through me.
It is not what I do, but Whose I am.
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you....As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love." John 15:7,9