Do you know what you mean by faith? Do you know what each other means by faith? Believe it or not, it might not be exactly the same!
Conversations like this are important because we don’t all look at things in exactly the same way. Our temperaments, experiences, and other factors affect how we look at concepts like faith and even how we, personally, define words.
The core of faith may be obvious but you might find that there are also subtle differences between the way you each define it.
How Do You Define Faith?
So here’s the question: How do you define faith?
To help you each understand how you, personally, understand faith (and what it will mean in your lives), grab a couple of sheets of paper and each write down your answers to these questions. Shhh! Do it quietly, so you don’t influence each other!
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Answer based on your feelings, not just logic, dictionary definitions, or what you think it should be. Say what you truly think and feel.
Most arguments, disagreements, hurts, and misunderstandings in marriage are based largely on feelings so don’t gloss over them here, in favor of something that seems more “correct.”
Also be sure to get your philosophy ~ your principles, values, and ideas ~ in there. Your true inner beliefs, not what someone else said, because that’s what’s going to come out in everyday life, especially when there is conflict. If you need to change your understanding of faith and it’s place in your home, that can come later. Right now you need to understand yourself so that you can then try to understand each other. This is what faith means to you at a very REAL level.
What is faith? Use other words (or phrases, if you prefer) to explain faith.
What are the first things you think of when you think of faith? What does faith mean to you?
What are the opposites of faith?
What is faith not? What expresses or indicates the absence of faith?
What does faith require? What will make you question the “trueness” of faith if it’s missing?
What will make you question the “trueness” of faith if it’s present?
What are signs that faith is taking place in a home?
What are signs that faith is not taking place (or is weak) in a home?
Now Talk About How You Define Faith!
When you’re both finished answering the questions, discuss and compare your answers.
How can you communicate with each other more effectively?
How will the way you understand faith affect your lives?
Tip: after you finish your comparison, grab a dictionary and a Bible, and see what they say about faith!
The How Do You Define Faith? Worksheet
Did you get the printable? If not, here’s another opportunity!
So . . . how do you define faith? I’d love to know what you learned!