The faith that believes versus the faith that feels

Learn the difference between using reason and emotion and what is the best way to have a relationship with God

We are all born with an emotional faith, which is based on feelings. It leads the person to live according to what he feels and to base his decisions on the impulses of the heart, emotionally and what the eyes see, because it is a natural faith. On the other hand, rational faith is not based on what you feel or see, but on the Word of God and the certainty that it does not fail. It’s something spiritual. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11.1).

It is common sense that we women are considered more sentimental than men. However, when a woman knows the power of Faith and seeks to live it, she is no longer dominated by feelings. Of course, she will continue to feel joy, anger, love and so many other feelings, but the difference is that she will not be dominated by them. Thus, her attitudes will be taken rationally and intelligently.

In her blog, Viviane Freitas spoke of these two qualities of faith and cited Sarah, Abraham’s wife, as an example of someone who for a certain period was guided by emotional faith, until she suffered the consequences of it and awakened to a rational Faith. “For a long time, Sarah was wishing to have a child. Time passed, menopause arrived, and then, moved by emotional faith, she gave her maidservant Hagar to her husband, so that she could bear a son for him. And Abraham accepted the idea. After that, her servant Hagar became pregnant and began to despise Sarah. Because of the contempt, Sarah started to moan and that’s when she realized how wrong she was. And how many of us do that? Because of the delay, we give it a go. But it was through her own servant’s pain and rejection that Sarah realized her mistake. And, when we understand our mistake, we come to the perfect time to do the right thing,” she said.

RATIONAL FAITH
Based on Sarah’s example, the first step in developing rational faith is recognizing what her Faith has been. Then, one must pay the price of that choice, which is to give up one’s desires in order to invest in a life with God.

Sarah opted for rational faith. That’s why the Bible reports, in Hebrews 11:11, that: “By faith Sarah herself also received power to conceive, and she gave birth when she was old; because she considered Him faithful who had promised her.” The most precious thing about spiritual Faith is that it is what unites us to God. “Now without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11.6).

When commenting on the above verse, Bishop Edir Macedo highlighted the importance of faith: “what the Most High demands in His relationship with man is the same as what we demand in our human relationships. That is, what father is happy with his son who distrusts him or what husband is satisfied when his wife doesn’t believe his word? In this way, it is simple to understand that, in order to be accepted by God, human beings must be imbued with the SPIRIT OF FAITH. This means that it is necessary to believe that He exists, that is, to have the most absolute conviction that the Almighty is Who He says He is: Self-existent, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient and ‘the rewarder of those who seek Him’. That is, God has a just and faithful character to reward every prayer and every gesture of obedience.
to His Word.”

However, reader, if your choice is to live according to your on will, as you have a free will, but be ready to reap the fruits of living inclined to emotions, as this is an infallible path to pain and failure.


  • Kelly Lopes – Universal.org