The Different Degrees of Faith

different degrees of faith

Reading through all the [Bible’s] miracle stories together, I see that faith comes in different degrees. A few people demonstrated bold, unshakable faith, such as a centurion who told Jesus he need not bother with a visit – just a word would heal his servant long-distance. “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith,” Jesus remarked, astonished. … foreigners, the least likely people to demonstrate strong faith, impressed Jesus. …

In glaring contrast, the people who should have known better lagged in faith. Jesus’ own neighbors doubted him. John the Baptist, his cousin and forerunner, later questioned him. Among the twelve disciples, Thomas doubted, Peter cursed, and Judas betrayed, all after spending three years with Jesus.

… Faith appears where least expected and falters where it should be thriving. What gives me hope, though, is that Jesus worked with whatever grain of faith a person might muster. He did, after all, honor the faith of everyone who asked, from the bold centurion to doubting Thomas to the distraught father who cried, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” – Philip Yancey, Reaching for the Invisible God

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