Faith as promise is a quality or an adjective--faithful, it is the quality within a person which enables another person to Trust them. Often dealing with an MLCer is a practice in having Faith in your MLCer even in the absence of Trust. Faith is about possibilities, what they can do; Trust is about what they will do and is based on experience in the context of present conditions.
The Bible says that Faith is from God; we do not have it from within ourselves, but it is given to us as a gift. Conversely, action and experience are the creators of Belief which is an internal product.
Faith is an assurance in the benevolence of creation. Since Faith is God-given, it is God providing assurance. But for those who are not religious this definition can still apply. To me creation is everything--the universe--and Faith is an assurance in the benevolence--the goodness--of everything. There is evil in this world, but it is often self-created and in the end, though we do not always behave with benevolence, I believe that we are inherently benevolent creatures. The universe distills to love in its essence; in that I have Faith.
Luther tells us that Faith is not something we create or develop within ourselves, but something God plants within us. It is similar to Agapé in that it is always available, but we must choose to access and use it. When we are using our God-given Faith, we will be living a life that not only honors God, but honors all of creation. We will be good stewards because such a life is an aspect of Faith. To sin is to turn away from God; in the context of Faith we sin when we are choosing to not access and utilize our Faith, but instead deny it.
Faith is not a quantifiable element. True, in Matthew 17 Jesus told his disciples they failed to cure a child because of their little faith, but the mustard seed passages is different in Luke:
God gives us our Faith, he would not provide is with an insufficient supply. It is the strength of our Faith, not a quantity, that affects our lives and the strength is a product of use. Unlike Belief, Faith is not based on observation, evidence or experience. Like our physical organs, it is present in each one of us--a spiritual or conceptual organ. But Faith is not science, it is not objective but subjective and cannot be measured, though its existence can be observed through its influence. Faith is not about doctrine or dogma; it doesn't care about the historicity of beliefs; facts and figures, years and dates are irrelevant to Faith. It shows us Jesus' goodness without caring whether he is the divine son of God; that is about belief. The good news Jesus brought regarding Faith was a demonstration of love for all creatures; he modeled a way of life worthy of emulation. We activate our salvation by activating our Faith; it is not merely believing creation is good or believing in doctrines, but what you choose to be because you believe those things; Faith is active. Faith enables Surrender because the action of Faith trusts and this produces the necessary strength for Surrendering. But even in the course of Surrender, Faith is active; as Luther says a few lines later in his Introduction to St. Paul's Letter to the Romans:
Good works are a result of Faith. When we are using our God-given faith, we will be living a life that not only honors God, but honors all of creation. We will be good stewards because such a life is an aspect of Faith.
What does this mean in the context of Standing?
It means that your MLCer is good. We are all good. And yet we are all sinners; we all have moments of varying length when we turn away from God, but even in those moments our Faith is available for us to use to turn ourselves toward God once again. Faith is like Grace in that it is a free gift from God that influences our actions toward goodness. It influences our perceptions of the world. Attitude literally means the angle of attack, but Faith revises attitude so that rather than an angle of attack it is an angle of love; it determines not merely how we love, but that we love--that we approach situations with an angle of love.