The Fruit Of The Spirit: Faithfulness

Faithfulness word

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 5:22-23 

Thank you for returning with me to this study on the fruit of the Spirit. I am sorry I had to miss a study last week due to busyness of things in life with my family.

We have already looked at the fruit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness and goodness. Today I want to look at faithfulness and what that looks like in the life of a believer.

Faithfulness is being true to one’s word in both word and action. It is being able to be trusted in every way.

In this fallen world, faithfulness is very difficult to find. People are faithful only as long as it is beneficial to them and they can see the benefits. As soon as the benefits can no longer be seen, people quit and change their mind, words and actions to go against what they were originally saying and doing.

Woman searching

Employers are no longer strongly faithful to their workers. It is only about making the business look good. Workers do not remain faithful to the employer. They only want to make the most money for the least mount of work.

Proverbs 20:6 Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? 

Solomon brings up a very good point. People all over the world claim to have unfailing love, yet, that love often fails. The person is not faithful to their word. If you don’t believe it, look at marriages. How many people claim undying love at the wedding, in and out of the church, only to end in divorce and hate a few years later?

People are quick to change their minds and hearts towards someone or some task. They choose to step away, rather than stick it out and being faithful. Every excuse under the sun is given to be able to cancel former promises and vows. It is difficult to find a person who is truly faithful.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

Hebrews 10-23

The beginning example of faithfulness is found in God. From the first day of creation until this day God has proven Himself faithful. God has always done what He said He would do. God promised salvation to Adam when he was kicked out of the garden. Several thousand years later, God fulfilled that promise in Jesus.

Jesus was faithful to God and to His mission of saving people as He walked on this earth. He did not allow Himself to be deterred from the mission to die upon the cross to save all people.

As a believer and follow of Jesus, we are to be just like Him. This means we should be faithful in everything. God and others can trust that what we say we will do, we will do it. We will always act in love and care for others and God.

“Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. Hebrews 3:5

Moses was one who is seen as being faithful to God. Even though he did slip up at times and make bad choices, he, as a whole, remained faithful to God. He led and taught the Israelites as God wanted them to be led.

Sharing the gospel

Our lives should have the same epithet that Moses had–that we are faithful to God. This means we are being His true witness of who Jesus is and what He has done and will do for every person. We are to do the work God has called us to do–be His witness.

Being faithful in being His witness means that we will be that witness every time we can in every situation. We will not back down from being His witness because we are faithful.

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2

As soon as you began to believe in and trust in Jesus for your salvation, you were given a trust. It was an investment in you that was to be built up and increased. You have a work to do.

It is easy to just hold on to salvation and not do anything with it, just as it can be easy to hoard money in order to count it as wealth. However, salvation is given to be also passed on.

Passing on something

Being faithful is not an option. We do not get to choose whether we are faithful or not, we must be faithful just as Jesus was faithful.

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:23

Jesus gave a parable about faithfulness. Those who are faithful with what God has given them will be rewarded. Those who are not faithful with what God has given them will lose everything.

We have been given salvation and the gospel message. We have been given the duty to be His witness to everyone. Being faithful means that we will pass that message on to others and we will live as though we are saved.

Old faithful geyser

You can ask yourself if God would be able to say that you are a good a faithful servant. Being filled with His Holy Spirit, you will be able to answer yes to that question.

In our own strength, we will fail in being faithful. It is easy to be led astray and change who or what we are following or doing. The world is following their own desires at the moment, changing all the time, unfaithful to anything.

As a believer, you are to be faithful. Jesus has given you His Holy Spirit to give you what you need. As you walk by His Holy Spirit, being led by Him, you will be faithful to God and to others. You will always think, say and do the right thing. God and others will be able to trust that you will always do the right thing every time because you are faithful.

Going back to Galatians you can see how the fruit of the Spirit works in your life. It begins with love that brings about joy, leading to peace, leading to forbearance, which then causes you to be kind and full of goodness. With all of these things you will then be faithful to keep doing them and walking in those fruits of the Spirit.

Again thank you for continuing with me on this little look at the fruit of the Spirit. Next week I plan to look at the next fruit: gentleness. I hope to see you then.

Isaiah 11:5 Holding Clothes Up

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Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. Isaiah 11:5 

In order to keep from being exposed, one must wear some clothes. While the shirt will hold itself on correctly, pants often need something to hold them up. A belt of some sort is put on around the waist to hold the pants up.

While most people will wear clothes that will hold up and block exposure, there are some who do not appear to care. They will refuse to wear clothing that will keep them from being exposed. Some will be embarrassed by the exposure, while others will thrive in exposure.

Isaiah is writing about Jesus and that He will have righteousness and faithfulness tied around His waist to hold His clothing on.

The two things that are keeping Jesus from bad exposure are righteousness and faithfulness. Righteousness is doing the right thing every time. It is choosing to live for God, despite the cost. Faithfulness is being able to be relied up to do what is right every time.

Doing these two things keeps a person from being exposed to shameful sin in his life.

It is often heard of some believer being caught in shameful sins. These are not just a simple accidental sins, but sinful lifestyles. This occurs because he is not clothed with righteousness and faithfulness.

The believer cannot cloth himself correctly in his own, he needs help. Jesus has provided the righteousness that every believer needs. Accepting His forgiveness and holiness into one’s life is clothing oneself correctly.

Every believer is also supposed to be living as Jesus lived–in holiness, righteousness and faithfulness. When Jesus left, He sent back His Holy Spirit to give every believer the needed strength and clothing. This is what gives the believer the ability to be His witness to the world.

Take a moment to look at your life. Are people able to see a sinful person who is not really living for God? Or are they seeing Christ in you?

Clothe yourself with His righteousness and then live that life of righteousness. He has given all that you need to live for Him.

Since you have faith in Jesus to save you, live a faithful life to Him. Live in a way that God can trust you with the riches He has available for you.

As you live, properly clothed, you will not have to fear being exposed in the wrong way, but can be His true witness to this dark world.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will put on His righteousness; that you will be faithful like Jesus is; that God will help you turn from all sin to live for Him; and that you will be His witness to this world. 

Psalm 117:1-2 Praise For Great Love And Faithfulness

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Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord. Psalm 117:1-2 

Finding true love in this world is difficult. Finding true faithfulness in this world is difficult. Finding one with true love and true faithfulness together is nearly impossible.

The number one problem with finding true love is that the majority of people tend to be selfish. Everything is about self with very little regard to others. They will love others as they are benefiting, but as soon as it seriously costs to love, they stop.

The same problem is found in finding faithfulness. People will remain faithful, until it does not benefit them or they see something better.

In this psalm, the writer tells the people to praise the Lord and lift Him up. The reason is because of His great love and enduring faithfulness.

Perfect love and faithfulness is only found in Jesus and His Father, God. Jesus shows His love by giving up His life on a cross for people who either did not know Him or hated Him. He did not die for those who loved Him. Jesus did not receive any benefit in Himself for dying for people.

Jesus also has enduring faithfulness. He continues to remain faithful to love everyone. This ‘everyone’ includes not only those who follow Him, but also His enemies. He also remains faithful in holding together this universe He has created so that man may live on this earth.

God is always there for those who seek Him. He will always love everyone, no matter what they have done or are doing.

Knowing this gives a person a reason to praise Him and lift Him up. There is no one who deserves greater praise than God.

Look into God’s great love that He has for you as shown in what Jesus has done for you. Realize how faithful Jesus has been to you over the years.

Let God’s love wash over you and overwhelm you as you realize how much of a filthy sinner you were or are and, yet, He still loves you. Notice how Jesus has removed all of your sins and will remain faithful to continue to do so.

Follow hard after Jesus and give Him the praise that is due Him. Let the world know of His great love and faithfulness. Broadcast His praises aloud for all to hear. Praise the Lord!

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you know God’s perfect love for you; that you will know God’s everlasting faithfulness to you; and that you will praise God all the days of your life. 

Psalm 115:1 Not About You

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Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1 

All over the world people are talking about their own accomplishments. Everyone wants to be recognized for what he did. People want the credit and glory for things done.

Receiving the glory for something accomplished is the crowning achievement for many people. Many will quit or get angry when they do not receive the honor for something done. It is even common to see lawsuits drawn up against others because of lack of proper recognition.

This type of attitude is selfishness. It is all about self and no one else. This is even when the action being done is to help other people. People want all the glory for the work being done.

The psalmist tells God that it is not to them but to Him that all the glory is to be given. The reason for God to receive all the glory is because of His great love and faithfulness.

Some believers can easily get caught up in thinking the same way as the world does. They want to receive all the glory and credit for what they have done or accomplished.

The believer who has the correct focus will realize that it is not about him, but about God. It is God who gave him the ability to accomplish something. It is often God who made things possible.

God loves every person with a perfect love and He remains perfectly faithful all the time. With this great love and faithfulness, He will accomplish many great things in and through the individual believer.

Giving God the praise and glory for what is done should be the first focus of every believer. God created everything, including the abilities of the believer, so God should receive all the glory.

Think about the things that God has done in your own life. What things has God accomplished in and through you?

Notice then that it is not about you, but what He has done in and through you. Be careful not to take the glory and praise for what has been accomplished. Point everyone and all the praise and glory to God, the one who did it all.

Selfishness is pride that goes against God. It takes away His glory. Give it all to God, who deserves it all. Show the world who really did the work and allow God to have the glory.

I pray today that you will see what God has done in and through you; that you will know that it is by God’s love and faithfulness that you can do anything; that you will give God the credit for all accomplishments; and that you will be a witness of God’s love to the world.

Psalm 89:32-33 Never Ending Love

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I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging; but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness. Psalm 89:32-33 

Being punished is something that most people do not like. It is often painful and hard to take. The world often thinks that if one is punishing someone, he is not really loving that person.

No one wants to be held accountable for doing something wrong. It makes the person look and feel bad and no one wants that. Often punishment is done in anger and frustration. It is not done out of love.

The world has often attempted to lower the punishments to make it not feel so bad or painful. Many times punishment is completely ignored.

The writer of this psalm brings out God’s word that says God will punish sin. However, in the process of punishing the sin, He will not stop loving the person. God will continue to be faithful and loving, even while punishing.

Unlike the world, God punishes sin with the mind to correct the person, not to crush or destroy the person. His goal is to build a person back up, to get the person back on the right track.

This is done because He loves the person. The world punishes out of anger and revenge, God punishes to restore and correct, something that can only be done with love in mind.

When a person is being punished or corrected by God, there are some who think that God no longer loves him. Yet, that is not true. God’s love never ceases. God is love and can never not love a person.

Being punished is only for a short season. The believer must learn from it and move forward with God, never returning to the wrong or sin that was done.

There will be times when you will make a wrong choice in life and God may punish you some. Instead of losing heart, take joy that God loves you enough to strike you lightly. This is better than ignoring you and allowing you to stay on the path to hell for eternity.

God’s love for you will never fail. It is perfect and eternal, no matter what you have done wrong against Him. Turn back towards God and allow Him to rebuild you into the person He has meant for you to be.

I pray today that you will know God’s great love for you; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that you will know the forgiveness God has for you; and that you will not fear God’s punishment, but trust Him.