In Spring 1, we will be focusing on the virtue ‘Faith’.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Definition of Faith
FAITH – is to trust. Faith helps us grow in friendship with Jesus and his friendship helps us become the best we can be by trusting in him so we can become more like him. Growing in friendship with Jesus means learning to trust him and knowing that he is always with us. Faith is always open to new things because if you have faith you are a trusting person. A person of faith believes in God and all that God has done. But faith is not simply a belief that something is true, it is a way of living. We are called not only to keep the faith but to live a faithful life filled with hope and love.
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)
“Jesus paid no attention to what they said, but told him, "Do not be afraid, only believe." (Mark 5:36)
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:3)
A good way to practise faith is to place our trust in God and Jesus through deepening our friendship with God. At SS Peter and Paul we do this by spending time with God in moments of quiet and prayer. It is also important to realise that our faith grows when it is tested. Faith gets stronger when what you believe is tested by other people and things that happen in life and you find that you still believe because your faith is rooted in God and Jesus. When you are faithful you make promises to others and keep them. You can perform a role or do a job as best you can.
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12
Here are some ways we can show signs we are living the virtue of ‘Faith’ at SS Peter & Paul:
- I know God loves me and I trust God to take care of me
- I ask God to guide in my life
- I spend time with God in moments of quiet and prayer
- I share my belief in God with others
- My words and actions show my faith in God’s love