Great faith vs Little faith

Great faith vs Little faith

The bible tells us that everyone is given a measure of faith in Romans 12:3. We need faith in order to be justified. With that measure of faith, some believers choose to continue to develop their faith by reading the word and other believers don't.

Jesus often measured faith by the way the person responded to problems and whether they kept their eyes on Jesus or on their problem. In Luke 7:1-9 Jesus told the crowd following him that he had not seen such great faith in Israel, after the Centurions response. In Matthew 15:28, Jesus told the Canaanite woman who's daughter was possessed that she had great faith, it was because she did not doubt. Instead when opposition came her way, she would not give up. In Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus told Peter, you of little faith why did you doubt? In Matthew 8:26 Jesus replied to his disciples, you of little faith, why are you so afraid?

What did the the centurion do in Luke 7, that made his faith great? ...

He had faith and did not doubt! Doubt and unbelief are vastly different. You can have faith and doubt, but you cannot have unbelief and have faith. Doubting faith is considered little faith.
Luke 7:1-9: Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.”
Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”

What did Peter do in Matthew 14, that made his faith little? Let’s review the scripture together. ..

Matthew 14:22-33: Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you oflittle faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”