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“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…”

 

Now, we come to the third triad: faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These fruits of the Spirit are directed toward God

faithfulness 

Many passages speak of God’s faithfulness toward us, but are we faithful to God? To be faithful to Him requires faith, a content of knowledge about Him that causes us to remain committed to Him. It is a conviction of truth found in Him and His promises. Those with faith are loyal to Him and steadfast in their commitment to Him (1 Co 4:2). A Christian with constancy honors the Lord by faith in Him, His Word, and providence. 

“Faithfulness” here refers to the nature or character of fidelity. These are people who keep their promises. Others can count on them with assurance that they will keep their word or do what they say. They are reliableGod views them as reliable. 

Faithfulness towards God results in faithfulness toward others. Believers who carry the character of fidelity hold convictions about certain norms. Others can rely on them because they commit themselves to those standards. They will be true to what they say because their beliefs transcend the circumstance or situation. They do not put their finger up to the wind to catch the prevailing opinion. They do what is right even in the face of opposition. We can count on them because they will be faithful to their convictions regardless of the context. They are trustworthy and true. These are people God counts as reliable. 

Principle:

Faithfulness is the quality of character that renders a person trustworthy or reliable toward God and others.

Application:

Genuine salvation produces an ongoing vital faith. A “faithful” person unconditionally trusts God alone. He does not doubt that God sovereignly works all things together for good.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

The Holy Spirit not only enables us to believe in Christ initially but also enables us to sustain unconditional trust in God. Reliance on God is essential for our daily Christian walk.

Doubt dims the soul and makes ongoing closeness with the Lord impossible.

But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren” (Luke 22:32).

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:2-3).

It is the object of our faith that makes our faith legitimate. Just because we believe something intensely does not make it true, nor does not believing it make it untrue. When a Christian believes in a promise from God, that does not make the promise true. The promise is true whether we believe it or not. However, if we fail to believe it, we lose the enjoyment of it.

Faith enables us to enter into the reality of what is objectively true. Faith sees the invisible but not the nonexistent (Tozer). That is the difference between faith and superstition.

Trust never tests God’s promises. Testing God’s promises shows a lack of confidence in God. On the other hand, those who trust God can take the shocks of life. When that dreadful telephone call comes, a believer with solid faith can cope more powerfully than a Christian with little faith.

Biblical faith always has an object. Biblical faith trusts God’s promises and Word. The more promises and His Word we claim, the more we trust Him. Faith is like a muscle; it grows with exercise. 

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