ME: "My wife is a bit weird.
She starts every conversation with the same question."

FRIEND: "What question?"

ME: "Bruce, are you listening to me?"

Prov 28:9
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law,
even his prayer shall be abomination.

Rom 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

LIGHT from the WORD.

Yes, faith - the gift of God - comes by hearing (giving audience to)
the WORD of God! (See Eph. 2:8-9)

Grace BRINGS the Word,
the heart HEARS the Word,
the heart then BENDS to Christ in repentant confession,
and calling upon Him to be forgiven and saved.
And, then, God GIVES the "gift" of faith,
which is the ability to CLING TO Christ!

So then, God is NOT unjust in condemning those who have not
believed, confessed and called upon Christ!
Because the sound of the message from the messengers has gone
"into ALL the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world!"
(Rom. 10:18)

Now, in the Christian, CONTINUED strengthening of faith comes
by continued study of the Word of God!

And commitment is shown by STUDY of God's Word.

Are you studying to HEAR and grow STRONGER?

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce