Romans 4: It’s Faith

Paul used Romans 4 to make clear one major issue regarding salvation–it’s God, not us.

His evidence? Abraham, the beginning of the nation of Israel. He lived before the time of the law of Moses, yet Paul writes:

1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Abraham’s status with God was not based on law or on works he had accomplished. Rather, his relationship with God was based on faith, on belief.

Even today, we continue to complicate religion by mixing faith and works in ways God never intended. Yes, we live differently as a result of our faith. However, there is nothing we can do to make God love us more. He has granted us a relationship with him not because of what we have done but in spite of what we have done. As a result, we live a life of thanksgiving, offering this same love to all we meet along the journey.


Dillon Burroughs is the author or co-author of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of the New Testament in 2011 at Find out more about Dillon at or

Luke 17: Faith Requires Forgiveness

It is much easier to believe in Jesus than to forgive those who mistreat us.

The problem is that Jesus requires both.

In Luke 17, Jesus taught:

“If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”

5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”

Seven times? In one day? I often struggle to forgive the person who offends me the first time. By the seventh time, I’m not interested in hearing someone even apologize, much less offer forgiveness in return.

The apostles struggled with this idea, too. That’s why we find that their response is, “Increase our faith!”

It takes a lot of faith to forgive those who hurt us, especially when the same person habitually offends, abuses, or sins against us. As the original followers of Jesus discovered, it takes more than human willpower; it takes faith in Christ.

The good news, according to Jesus, is that forgiveness does not take a lot of faith, just a little.

When I find myself thinking, “I don’t want to deal with that person…” these verses remind me, “You just need a little faith. Depend on God; he can get you through this.”

If you see mountains blocking your path today, remember that faith moves mountains, but faith requires forgiveness. These two spiritual values are inseparable partners, working together to make us more like our Lord Jesus.

Faith requires forgiveness.


Dillon Burroughs is the author or co-author of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of the New Testament in 2011 at Find out more about Dillon at or