“Genuine Christian love … is the one thing in the Christian life which cannot be carried to excess”
Abraham is a good illustration of this principle. God called him to the land of Canaan, and when he arrived, he discovered a famine. God permitted that famine so that Abraham’s faith might be tested. Unfortunately, Abraham failed the test and went down to Egypt for help.
Each step of the way, God brought circumstances to bear on Abraham that forced him to trust God and grow in his faith. Faith is like a muscle: it gets stronger with use. Abraham had problems with his worldly nephew, Lot. He also had problems with his wife and her handmaid, Hagar. The ultimate test of faith came when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac.
To be ἄμεμπτοι ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ θεοῦ is the task of Christians. It is possible because as those who are justified by faith they have received the gift of the Holy Spirit whose fruit and operation is pleasing to God