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Four Lessons Christ Taught about Faith

By Mormon.org

Jesus Christ—the Master Teacher

During His mortal ministry, Jesus Christ, the Master Teacher, taught in a variety of ways. At times, He instructed multitudes through powerful, direct sermons. But more often, He changed lives through personal, one-on-one interaction.

Here are four lessons the Savior taught about faith as He interacted personally with individuals.

A Desire to Believe Is Enough

In Mark 9:17–27, a father brought his suffering son to the Savior to be healed. When the Savior questioned the father’s faith, the father responded, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” With love and compassion, the Savior healed his son.

Sometimes in our lives, our desire to believe is enough. The father acknowledged his limited belief and sought greater faith through Christ. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has taught, “In moments of fear or doubt or troubling times, hold the ground you have already won, even if that ground is limited.” We will see miracles, not only for ourselves but also for our loved ones, when we take our limited faith to the Lord and seek more faith through His goodness and mercy.

Simple Faith Works Miracles

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In Mark 5:25–34, a woman with a serious medical condition meekly approached the Savior in a crowd of people and touched the hem of His garment with faith to be healed. Immediately feeling the impact of that touch, the Savior asked, “Who touched me?” In humility, the woman confessed her actions and the Savior responded, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole.”

Through this interaction, the Savior taught that our faith doesn’t require grand actions to be acceptable. When we approach the Savior in humility and faith, a touch is enough to change a life.

Faithful Obedience Yields Blessings

In Luke 5:4–11, the Savior taught Peter a valuable lesson on faith. After teaching a group of people on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, the Savior invited Peter to “launch out into the deep, and let down [his] nets for a draught.” Peter explained that he had unsuccessfully fished in the same area all night, but he faithfully replied, “Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” As a result of his faithful obedience, he gathered enough fish to break his net and threaten to sink two boats.

Sometimes the Lord asks us to do things that seem illogical or even impossible. But when we trust in Him and act in faith, He will bless us accordingly.

The Lord Is Anxious to Bless the Faithful

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In Mark 2:1–12, four faithful friends lowered a man with the palsy through a roof to be healed by Christ. In response to this act of faith, the Savior first healed the man spiritually by forgiving his sins and then healed him physically, enabling him to stand and walk.

When we approach the Savior in faith, He is anxious to bless us with even more than we seek. The man and his friends may have requested physical healing, but a loving Savior, knowing the man’s heart and greatest needs, granted what was sought and more. He will do that for us also if we are not of little faith.

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