The Life of Faith
Sabbath School Lesson 2018 Quarter 1 Lesson 7 Monday
The Life of Faith—what is that? What is faith?
Trust, and upon what is trust based?
What in your life increases your trust, confidence and faith in another person?
Would it be experience with them? What kind of experiences increase your trust in them? I propose there are four elements necessary for one to experience healthy trust or faith:
1. The other person genuinely loves you more than self, and would sacrifice self for you.
2. The other person has demonstrated mature self-governance, the ability to be reliable and consistent in carrying out what they have said they will do.
3. The other person possesses genuine wisdom or understanding of how reality actually works and operates in harmony with design law
(First three together constitute someone who is genuinely trustworthy—so trustworthiness is the requirement)
4. You come to actually know that other person for yourself and thus experience 1,2 and 3 for yourself. You have been in situations in which you have experienced the other person coming through for you.
Are there elements that I might have missed?
Consider the problems when only a part of these elements are involved:
- A person who loves you more than self and would sacrifice self for you, but they are 5 or 10 years old? While their motives are trustworthy, they haven’t yet matured to self-mastery and cannot be trusted
- A person who loves you more than self, and who does have self-governance, but believes in an imperial god, with imposed rules and rigidly applies those rules. Can you trust them to do what is right in every situation, even though they have right motives?
Do these three elements bear upon our trust or faith in God?
So what do we make of Hebrews 12:2:
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
What does this mean?