Christian Devotions

Faithfulness Fruit

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
God has faith in you. He designed you to be exactly who you are and who you can become as your best self. He didn’t make you a reflection of someone else or a duplicate of a parent or grandparent. He made you totally unique – all of a piece – one of a kind – priceless.
Definition – 2:  steadfast in affection or allegiance :  loyal
No one in this world has your best interest at heart as thoroughly as God.  He will never forget you or the plans he has made for your life.

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
Whatever God says is what He will do. He doesn’t make empty promises like people do. Sometimes we make a promise with every intention of carrying it out, but something intervenes and makes it impossible.  We are finite, and sometimes unable to do what we say, despite our best intentions.  God has no such limitations. He is all powerful and can accomplish everything He says.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.  (Isaiah 55:11 KJV)
Definition – 4:  given with strong assurance :  binding <a faithful promise>
We write contracts to be able to rely on the promise of others to do what they say they will do or to enforce compliance and/or exact penalties for breach of promise. We need no such remedy when we have dealings with God. He created a covenant with us. Remember the story of Noah. God made a promise then and has kept it ever since.
I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. (Genesis 9:13 KJV)
Definition – 5:  true to the facts, to a standard, or to an original <a faithful copy>
This is the part of the definition that we need to take to heart.  God doesn’t fit here. He is the standard, the original, the basic fact. It is up to us to be true to Him. We have been given Jesus Christ as the model for our humanity. Our job is to exemplify his standards, to become so transparent that people do not see us, but the reflection of God in us.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.  (Romans 13:8   KJV)
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.

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