THOUGHT: Three things in human life are important. The first is to  be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind. —Henry James 
  
   
 Have you ever been a party in a real estate transaction? If so, you might have come across the expression:
 good faith. Perhaps you got a “good faith estimate.” Or, someone might have told you that he or she were acting “in good faith.” 
It’s a curious expression. Good faith. What does that look like? Bad faith. What does that look like? The expression good faith sometimes has strong legal implications. Law 
students will spend some of their time during their three or four years of study dealing with the issue of good faith. One definition of good faith is: Honesty; a sincere intention to deal fairly with others. 
Good faith, in real estate, might need to be demonstrated; that is, the buyer may need to plunk down $1,000 to show that his or her interest in a property is genuine, not spurious. 
Christians, of all people, must be good faith people, not bad faith people. Their faith must be good, honest, sincere, demonstrable and without malice. 
An additional note: The Latin for this expression is bona fide, which technically means “with good faith” (the plural bona fides), but in our usage today, bona fides has become corrupted to mean “credentials” or “proof of authenticity.” If you present your “bona fides” you are presenting the documents which demonstrate you are who you say you are. 
And if you say of someone, “He is a genuine, bona fide cowboy, or doctor,” you mean he is the real deal, the “real McCoy.” 
This is who we are: We are the “real deal” people; the “good faith” people.  This is a good resolution for 2012: to always act in good faith; to have a faith that’s good.  

Prayer: Dear God, help me to live with others in good faith, not bad faith. May my life today, this week and this year be a “good faith” life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.