The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5: 19-23 – NIV)
Faithfulness is a quality I tend to take for granted. During my formative years, faithfulness was a common expectation within the household. Being unfaithful would not have been tolerated. Since that time, my family and friends have been unfailingly faithful. (With one notable exception.)
Not everyone has been so blessed. Some people live with others who lie to them, who betray them on many levels, who violate their trust with other abuses. We live in a dog-eat-dog society where business acquaintances take advantage of others; a culture where morality is relative, with too many shades of gray.
Ah, but there is always one who can live up to the standard of faithfulness.
Definition – 1 obsolete : full of faith
Definition – 2: steadfast in affection or allegiance : loyal
Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. (Isaiah 45:15-16 KJV)
Definition -3: firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty : conscientious
Definition – 4: given with strong assurance : binding <a faithful promise>
Definition – 5: true to the facts, to a standard, or to an original <a faithful copy>
Father, God,Thank you for the model you gave us in Jesus during His time on earth. It is a daunting example to live up to. Thank you for filling us with your Holy Spirit to be our guide and comforter, to strengthen us for the tasks of fidelity. Help us to hear, to discern, to obey, and to love.In Jesus’ most precious name.Amen.