Faithfulness. Would you describe yourself as a faithful person? There are a lot of different things we can pledge to be faithful to. From pledging your faithfulness to your spouse alone to vowing to faithfully work out at least three times a week. While I think we can all agree that faithfulness to your spouse falls into a higher level of faithfulness than getting your cardio on, sometimes faithfulness can be hard for us human beings.
If you take a read of the Old Testament and follow the story of the Israelites, they are a prime example of just not being able to remain faithful to God. Though He draws them back and gives them chance after chance after chance, they somehow always seem to mess it up!
Woe to them, for they have strayed from Me! Destruction is theirs, for they have rebelled against Me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against Me. Hosea 7:13
The thing is, even though I may shake my heads and sigh with exasperation as I read their story that seems to involve a great lack of faithfulness, there are too many times when my story looks much too like the Israelites.
All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. Isaiah 53:6
If there is nothing else you’ve learned from reading along with this fruit of the Spirit series, I hope you remember this. We cannot produce any of these fruits on our own! They are the fruit of the SPIRIT. We need the Spirit to abide in us and work on growing these fruits in our lives! We need to invite the Spirit into our lives, ask Him to plant good seeds, and work at nurturing and tending these plants as they mature.
Faithfulness doesn’t happen as a result of our own good works.
Faithfulness is steadfastness, constancy, or allegiance; it is carefulness in keeping what we are entrusted with; it is the conviction that the Scriptures accurately reflect reality. Biblical faithfulness requires belief in what the Bible says about God—His existence, His works, and His character. Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit; it is the result of the Spirit working in us.
We must invited the Holy Spirit in to plant the seeds of faithfulness and tend to it carefully and consistently.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; Hebrews 10:23
God faithfully leads us and calls us back to Him even when we fail in our faithfulness to Him. He sees our human weaknesses and has sent us a Helper. The Holy Spirit to guide us in our walk of faithfulness.
BUT THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, SELF-CONTROL; AGAINST SUCH THINGS THERE IS NO LAW. GALATIANS 5: 22-23
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