Most are familiar with the concept of faith. Granted, it may be misplaced or misguided, but faith is a fairly common word.
Biblically, we read about “the” faith, a reference to a body or standard of truth upon which someone believes and adheres to in life, such as Galatians 1:23.
There is also a reference to “personal” faith, the idea of one’s convictions. This might fall in line with the “assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). This faith moves us to action.
Passages like 2 Corinthians 5:7, however, can raise a minor issue when considering these ideas. Paul writes, “We walk by faith, not by sight.”
At first glance, we might think we live our life on the basis of personal convictions, yet Paul’s expression involves a body or standard of truth, i.e. “we walk by the faith.”
When our assurance and convictions in life are based on that body or standard of truth, then life is directed by that which is objective, not subjective to feelings (or sight).
The power of faith from this perspective changes the nature of how we live and lead others.