Living the Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

 

“If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13

In our relationships, we value trustworthiness in people. We want to be able to rely on them. The Holy Spirit grows this virtue in us as we follow Jesus, being obedient to God and His purposes.

God is the One we can trust for everything. When friends and family let us down–and they will–we know God is faithful even when we and others fail to be all we could be.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Some of us are just naturally trustworthy without even thinking. I’m not. I had to learn from trial and error and to get over some of my fears. I discovered when I could trust others–or at least risk it–I began to be more trustworthy myself. It was trial and error and I used as models people who are faithful in keeping their words.

And while we can all learn from experience to be faithful to God and to others, when we walk in the Spirit, by and by it will come naturally to us. We are faithful to God and begin to improve our earthly relationships because God is teaching us his way of living.

I trust God implicitly to provide for me, to teach me how to interact in love, to answer prayers aligned with his will. I know he always “has my back.” I know he’s who he says he is and is worthy of my trust.

Father, I know you are constant and you never waver. Your character defines what it means to be faithful. Please continue to provide situations in my everyday life where I can learn to be a person people can trust. Because of your faithfulness, I have an example to learn and grow from. Amen.

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