Faithfulness

<<reliability>>

Remembering and focusing on God’s faithfulness in the past (from our own history, the experiences of our fellow believers

Thank God for His on-going faithfulness to you

and those recorded in the Bible) helps us to overcome the obstacles of the present situation. Great is God’s faithfulness to us, He will do what He has promised and will forgive us our sins (Lam 3:23; 1 Thes 5:24; 1 Jn 1:9). God fulfills what He says, as “The Lord is faithful to all His promises” for He never changes (Num 23:19; 1 Sam 15:29; Ps 145:13; Mal 3:6).

Our faithfulness is of great importance to God, with this character quality being one of the nine ‘fruits’ of the Spirit working in our lives. Along with commitment, dedication, obedience, diligence, consistency and reliability it will help us stay on the path to victory (1 Cor 15:58; Gal 5:22). 

In the parable of the talents, the master acknowledged the servant’s commitment to act wisely and prudently rather than the tangible results when he said, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things, I will…”  (Mt 25:21,23). However, the natural result of the industrious servants being faithful was the benefit achieved – this warranted recognition and reward. If we are faithful in what is little and insignificant, we will be entrusted with larger areas of responsibility, just as Paul said he was (Lk 16:10,11;  Act 26:19).

God rewards our attitude and the obedience of our service, rather than the results attained. Even if others don’t acknowledge our endeavours, God

Do I keep my word? Can people rely on me?

sees and the record will be put right in heaven. We should also look for and bless others for their faithfulness in the tasks they undertake, especially the regular voluntary tasks they undertake for the Kingdom of God. Are you known for “…your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope…” (1 Thes 1:3)?

Faithfulness or fidelity in marriage requires remaining true to your partner, by not having any other romantic or sexual liaisons nor even disparaging and criticising them – a form of social adultery.  God desired the Israelites to be faithful to Him yet they repeatedly worshipped other gods and idols so through these acts of unfaithfulness, they committed spiritual adultery.

 See also: commitment, consistent, dedicate/dedication, endurance, faith, fruit (of the Spirit), loyalty.

 


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