“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” Ep. 6:16 kjv
God given faith works with love and patience. Love is the opposite of fear. Love should be our highest motivation. Without faith in God we can do nothing good, but in God’s merciful grace we can do all things. Truly, this could be one reason why the above verse begins with “Above all.” A child of God cannot pray nor live without faith. Every single cell within us is tried and tested for us to use the faith that has been given to us.
It takes faith for us to walk in love when we do not “feel” this in our heart. It takes faith to choose to forgive [walking in forgiveness is everything]. I can speak from experience that when we choose obedience, the feelings will follow. Faith can be a lifestyle of growth and calls for the use of patience. There are times when we move reluctantly to take one step back, and use the needed time to give the offenders the benefit of the doubt. This is where they are at in their life. We are not making excuses for sin, but our job is to deal with the problem according to the Word of God. We are instructed to love those who despise us.
Not everyone will understand the light of the gospel. Remember when Jesus prayed, “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.”
"But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either.” Luke 6:27-29
Jesus never asked others to do what he himself wasn’t doing.
When we go through a test of faith and finally get to the finish line ther