Scripture : 2 Corinthians 5:7
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
What is the difference between walking by sight and walking by faith? Walking by sight is walking according to what we see with our eyes. The way we make decision in our lives is based on the circumstances around us. Walking by faith is walking according to what we believe in our hearts. The way we make decision in our lives is based on the convictions inside us.
When we were still unbelievers we walked by sight. We made decision based on the circumstances around us. There was no other way. However, after we have become believers we have two choices, walking by sight or walking by faith. We can make decision based either on the circumstances around us or on the convictions inside us. Of course, God wants us to walk by faith, not by sight anymore.
When we are asked whether we walk by sight or walk by faith, most of us will immediately reply that we walk by faith? Nevertheless, our lives often show otherwise. We say that we walk by faith but our actions show that we still walk by sight. The apostle John gave an example that we often said that we loved our brother, but we did not give what our brother needed even though we had the resources to help him. He wrote, “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:17-18)
Walking by faith is walking according to the convictions inside us. What is conviction? Conviction is a firmly held belief and it originates from the truth. When we believe in Jesus, we receive the Holy Spirit in our hearts. This Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of truth (John 14:16). He always bears witness of the truth that we should firmly believe and hold. The apostle John wrote, “It is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.” (1 John 5:6)