“It was not through the law that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants that he would inherit the world, but through the righteousness that comes from faith. … For this reason, it depends on faith, so that it may be a gift …” (Romans 4:13, 16)
God made a promise to Abraham, a covenant with him, that he would become the father of many nations. And this gift is not earned by any of us, but given to us through faith. This is overwhelming to me. Our God is truly great and knew that we would be unable to attain everlasting life with Him unless He provided it for us.
So, how strong is my faith? Some days, I'm afraid not so good. However, my Father is a loving and forgiving Father who cleanses the sins from my life and allows me to have a relationship with Him that is better than I can imagine.
I love my earthly parents and know they love me. Have we ever not seen eye-to-eye or been angry or hurt by one another? Absolutely! The same analogy can be applied to my children. I truly love them more than I can express. Do I always like some of the choices they make? No. However, I am able to forgive them and move on to the next day, the next activity or the next decision. Do I forgive and forget? Probably not always. So, how can our Heavenly Father, who takes care of all of us, forgive, forget and love us enough to provide the gift of spending eternity with Him? Without faith, I have nothing to look forward to. When my days are finished here, I look forward to spending the rest of my life with my Heavenly Father.