I wonder why faithfulness is listed as a fruit of the spirit along with kindness, goodness, love and patience. Could it be that being faithful is one of the hardest things for any human to master?
The following scene played out and shows that faithfulness is not necessarily a virtue which is glamorous and seen by all, but when it is, great respect follows: All the staff members were gathered together in the boardroom. As the CEO cleared his throat everyone expected him to talk about the accomplishments of a high flying salesman who recently joined the company. Instead, he turned to old Sam, who was sitting in the opposite corner of the room, close to the door. “Sam, today we want to honour your faithfulness to this company! Thank you for being the caretaker and driver for 35 years. For 35 years I’ve never once had to worry about anything concerning the building or any delivery not being done! We salute you and as a token of our appreciation, we are giving you this watch. Wear it with pride, knowing that you are appreciated and respected by everyone in this company.” He bent down and handed Sam a beautiful, expensive watch, which he wears to this day!
Faithfulness implies stability, dependability and devotion, a long-continued loyalty to whatever you are bound to by a pledge or an obligation. Faithfulness is mostly tested in a marriage or friendship or in a job situation.
Being faithful in marriage is not merely hanging in there for the sake of the children, it is intentionally loving someone unconditionally. I’m talking about checking your heart – not muttering under your breath, not secretly despising the other person, not losing hope or respect. Faithfulness is determined by the quality of your commitment and not by the quality of the other person’s behaviour.
Faithfulness in a relationship requires hard work and a willingness to serve from both sides. Even when you make mistakes, don’t stop, do not withdraw – remain faithful to your promise, hold on to your dream!
Galatians 6:9 New International Version (NIV)
Solomon, who was known for his wisdom, made this observation in Proverbs 20:6-8 (NKJV) “Most men will each proclaim his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man?“ We all know people who blow their own horns, but when a person is faithful, he doesn’t have to announce his virtues to the world. His reputation goes before him and results in respect.
Being faithful means you are loyal, unwavering and reliable regardless of circumstance. Apart from God, we would not know what faithfulness is because faithfulness comes from the Lord. The ultimate portrayal of faithful love is found in the love of Father God towards His children. His love is not determined by our actions but by His word and promises. Let’s have a look at what the Bible says about God’s faithfulness:
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:22-24 (NIV)
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)
“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19 (NIV)
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13 (NIV) What a relief to know that the source of faithfulness is not our emotions or even our will-power, but it is seated in the love of God, in who He inherently is.
In the parable about the master and his servants, we learn that being faithful with what that which you have, leads to greater responsibilities:
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.” Matthew 24:45-46
“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” Matthew 25: 21
1 Corinthians 4:2 “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” Proverbs 28:20 “A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.”
Let me encourage you to keep working, keep loving, keep forgiving, keep praying and keep hoping. God is faithful and is able to strengthen you today. Let us remain faithful, not out of obligation, but with thankful, believing hearts:
2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (NIV)
”Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
Wherever you need to be faithful today, whether you think it is significant or not, know that God is your source. He will strengthen you and produce a harvest at the proper time.