We don’t believe something by merely saying we believe it, or even when we believe that we believe it. We believe something when we act as if it were true. (Dallas Willard, professor)
In our conversations we often express our views, saying, “I think…” or “I believe…” Sometimes we are merely sharing opinions, perhaps hoping to persuade someone to accept our view of things. Perhaps Willard is recalling an old saying “to put your money where your mouth is.” It’s evident, isn’t it, that we don’t really believe something unless we’re willing to act on it.
Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! (Proverbs 14:15)
What good is it. . . if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? (James 2:14)