The last 3 fruits of the Spirit – Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control – help us to conquer the discipline of self. These graces enable us to triumph over weakness, impulsiveness, and laziness and win over procrastination, stubbornness, and unhealthy desires.
As Christians it is vitally important that God’s faithfulness be a part of our character. Why? Because faithfulness marks God’s patience in our life. When you and I are faithful, we show that we are born of God and belong to Him.
The following insights can help us in our understanding of faithfulness and our desire to walk in greater faithfulness
Insight #1 – The God of faithfulness. From the opening pages of the bible we can see that God is faithful. The truth of God’s faithfulness should bring comfort to both of us. When we ponder God’s faithfulness, strength is infused in our souls an we find courage to stand on Him, the Rock of our faith. Just as Jeremiah and his people did, you and I can endure our trials by counting on God’s faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
The New Testament shows us Jesus’ faithfulness in the following verses
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Insight #2 – The Core of faithfulness. Faithfulness is defined as loyalty, trustworthiness, or steadfastness. It is characteristic of the person who is reliable, and it applies to the Christians behavior in respect to people as well as to God. Our faithfulness to God and his will, to God and to his word, does not exclude – but includes- loyalty to others.
Insight #3 – The Marks of Faithfulness. What does faithfulness do? What does faithfulness in action look like? A Christian with the mark of faithfulness in their life
- Follow through – on whatever they have to do
- Comes through – no matter what
- Delivers the goods – whether a message or a meal
- Shows up – even early so others don’t have to worry
- Keeps their word – their yes means yes and their no means no
- Keeps their commitments and appointments – you won’t find them canceling
- Successfully transacts business – carrying out any instructions given to them
- Discharges their official duties in the church – and doesn’t neglect worship
- Devoted to duty – Just as Jesus was when He came to do His Father’s will (John 4:34)
Insight #4 – The Opposite of Faithfulness. A greater understanding of faithfulness comes when we consider its opposites. One of the opposites is fickle. We’ve all met people who change – change their minds, change their loyalties, change their standards. Something in their nature is unstable, capricious, impulsive. Nothing seems to matter. Nothing seems too important. Nothing seems to merit commitment.
Another opposite of faithfulness is unreliable. An unreliable person doesn’t come through can’t be depended upon, and can’t be trusted with responsibility. As the saying goes, you may depend on the Lord – but may He depend on you?
Insight #5 – The Essence of Faithfulness. As the slogan from NIKE goes “Just Do It”. Faithfulness means doing it…no matter what, doing it….regardless of feelings, moods, or desires if the Lord wills it. (James 4:15)
Make a decision to “Just do it” everyday and look to God for his strength and purpose in doing it, He gives us the grace to have victory over tiredness, and laziness.
Note: The above information is a study taken from the book, “A Woman’s Walk With God, Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit” by Elizabeth George