Faithfulness – “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…” Gal 5:22
In our reflections on the fruit of the Spirit, we have seen how these virtues are rooted in the character of God. This is incredibly good news, because it assures us that producing this fruit is ultimately God’s work. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, sinful people are increasingly transformed to become like Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18)
In the Old Testament we see that God is faithful and keeps his promises, despite his people’s unfaithfulness to him. And in the New Testament the Greek word for “faithfulness” points to being full of faith. That says something about a person’s dedication as well as their reliability.
A faithful believer not only trusts wholeheartedly in God; that person is someone others know they can trust.
Faithful people are dependable and true. They’re faithful to Jesus, faithful to the work He has called them to, and faithful to keep their word and fulfill their obligations to others. All of these things are part of our Christian duty.
So, how do you remain faithful? Stay close to Jesus, and take life one day at a time! Forget the past, and don’t worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34). If you stay close to the Lord and read His Word, you’ll stay faithful, and that will be a testimony to others.
The connection between our faith and God’s faithfulness is very clear. He has pledged always to love us, despite our unfaithfulness to him. God’s covenant faithfulness is the sure foundation on which all our faith securely rests.
“The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3