A Functional Faith Needs Mercy
And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" When Jesus heard that, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means:`I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." Matthew 9:11-13 NKJ
These verses helped me understand that I need to embrace the mercy Jesus has given to me to have a functional faith. My selfish heart can embrace a self-satisfying false faith that leads me to be comfortable an ugly, critical spirit. A real faith perspective embraces the mercy I've received from Jesus and responds with humility and love for others. A functional faith receives mercy that dissolves a critical spirit, leads me to embrace humility, and reminds me not to be judgmental towards others. I want to acknowledge His mercy to me each day and live with a functional faith. Then I can let the mercy Jesus has given to me dissolve any harsh, critical spirit towards other people, to all His glory.