For some reason, writing about faithfulness; the seventh attribute of the Fruit of the Spirit was harder than I thought. So, I headed to www.thefreedictionary.com and found one definition of faithfulness to be, “the quality of being faithful”. Well, that didn’t totally help so I looked up faithful and found several definitions. But, it was in looking up the synonyms of faithfulness that I found what I was looking for: “faithful, loyal, true, constant, steadfast, staunch.”
I am blessed that I was raised in a home where the values of trust and loyalty were not only taught, but were modeled. I learned early in life that I could always count on my family and friends. This was years before I realized I had God’s faithfulness as my foundation.
Faithfulness is something I strive to live out to others, but often come up short…. sometimes selfishness and excuses get in the way! I have dropped the ball on commitments and disappointed people I love. But, my Heavenly Father is faithful! I believe in a God who will never leave nor forsake me. I serve a God who is faithful, even when I am faithless! You may have heard that expression. I did in a Beth Moore study a few years ago, and said out loud, “Thank goodness!”
“Our faith may fail. But God’s faithfulness never will. Our faith is not built on the fault line of feelings or the flood plain of our performance. We build our faith on solid ground. Higher ground. We build on the faithfulness of God.”
Steven Furtick, Sun Stand Still
You will have your own “challenges” when striving to express faithfulness to others. Here are a couple things I thought of when examining my own life:
*Think carefully before making a promise, especially to my children. Life happens and sometimes we can’t fulfill commitments, but I’ve seen parents promise things they know they can’t do, buy, etc. just to get thru a moment!
*Choose commitments carefully. I remember years ago tutoring English to a young man in middle school. Our first session together, he turned away from me-he was used to adults coming in and out of his life. But, every Tuesday at 1 p.m., I showed up. As the weeks went by, he turned towards me and even asked if I was coming next week as we ended our session! He finally trusted me; he was beginning to depend and count on me. And I was being constant and steadfast. Seriously choose where and to whom you can commit your time and energy!
*Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with God’s faithfulness… often! On those days I grow weary, or bored, or really want to do something else, I ask the One who supplies and provides to allow me to be a vessel of faith to someone who needs hope or love or just a friend. I ask Him to fill me with His faithfulness so that I am standing on a strong foundation. Then, I can fully do His work!
“But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15
As I began writing this blog, I opened my Bible to look up scripture on faithfulness and a note fell out. It was from one of my dearest and newest girlfriends. She writes, “… He is working and doing something even when it seems like nothing is happening….” God’s faithfulness is all around us! I pray today that you pause to see it…..
We’d love you to share times you’ve seen God’s faithful ways in action. Leave them in the comment section below.
”Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” Psalm 36:5
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