The Fruit of the Spirit – Faithfulness

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Deuteronomy 7:9 says “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” To be faithful is to be trustworthy and reliable and God is all of those things and so much more. Throughout scripture His faithfulness is starkly evident towards His people.

What does God’s faithfulness mean to us?

In 1 John 1:9 we are told, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” With absoluteness we can have the confidence that God will forgive us. The greatest gift we are given when we repent and turn to Him comes to us with an assurance because of His faithfulness to His promise.

To us, it means that we can count on Him. Faithful is just who He is. God’s faithfulness gives us reassurance that even in the midst of the bleakest situation, we can have hope because He can be relied upon.

His faithfulness like His love is unconditional, as it says in 2 Timothy 2:13 “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, since he cannot deny himself.”

God’s faithfulness is a source of great comfort, hope and encouragement, as we see it being highlighted through the Psalms. And so, we can tend to relate His faithfulness to only good things like His saving grace or keeping His promises. But we read in Deuteronomy 28 of the promise of consequences to disobedience and the blessings with obedience made to the Israelites.

God is faithful, yes, He will fulfill the promises of those blessings but He also with equal faithfulness follows through with the consequences for disobedience. He is true to His word and to His perfect nature. May this give us pause to take in the word of God in its entirety, the blessings as well as the effects of us being selective in what we choose to believe, what we choose to live out and if our actions reflect our claims of faith.

And it is with equal faithfulness, He will restore as He did with the people of Judah. And so, it is because of that immutable faithfulness of God that we can have hope.  And so, we can say with confidence. Great is your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:23)

Faithfulness to God

Hebrews 11:3 says “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”

It is by Faith we know that we are here on earth not by chance but are created with intention.

We are created to live for Him, as Paul said in Romans 14:8a “For if we live, we live to the Lord.” And living for the Lord – for our lives to be characterized by living for the Lord requires a faithfulness from us to Him that is not occasional but steady within us.

As Christ followers we are called to be faithful to Him who is always faithful to us.

In Luke 18:8 Jesus asked, “When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” 

Faithfulness towards God – it is to be full of faith in Him, to trust God implicitly, have confidence in Him with a surety even when we are yet to see His hand at work.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is a confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

God is faithful and His faithfulness is seen through his actions. When God promises, He fulfills. In the same way if we claim to believe in God, how is our faithfulness evidenced in our actions?

Faithfulness is more than a virtue

Is our faithfulness to Him empty words or are they evidenced in the way we live our lives?

Let’s begin small, are we faithful in the little daily things – faithful in prayer, time with God, reading His word?

Further on, are we faithful to Him when we have to wait on Him, when we are called to be obedient in a trying situation. Does our faithfulness waver in tough situations? 

I say with honesty that I fall short in my faithfulness to God.

But as 2 Thessalonians 3:3 says “But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.” Even when we struggle to be faithful, the Lord continues to uphold and protect us.

Faithfulness like any other fruit of the spirit, originates from God and is something we grow in as we walk with the Lord.

Hebrews 11 entails some of the great heroes of faith, we read of Abraham’s faithfulness. In Genesis 16, we know of Abrahams moment of doubt to God’s promise of a child and he takes matters into his own hands in how that would eventuate. Later on, in Genesis 22, we see his faithfulness to God when he was instructed by God to take Isaac and sacrifice Him. God was testing Abraham. Although he did not have to sacrifice Isaac as God in the last minute provided a ram, Abraham responded with absolute obedience, reflecting growth in His faithfulness in God.  

David was faithful to God, he was faithful when he was a shepherd, while he was on the run from Saul and when he was king. His journey of faithfulness to God began with him cultivating a faithfulness to God in his daily life and routine before he was called to bigger things.

As we perform the simple tasks of our daily lives, it is easy to feel as if they have no importance, but the Lord sees the small acts of faithfulness we do each day.

The great stalwarts of faith like Abraham and David were not perfect. They were called to be faithful to God. So, in the same way, we strive not for perfection or be discouraged when we falter, but we start with being faithful in the small everyday things and grow in our faithfulness to our Heavenly Father. 

“The one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’” — Matthew 25:22-23 

Growing in faithfulness?

Our relationship with God is what effectuates growth in our faith. It begins with surrender, of our own desires so we stay true to what He desires for us. Submit your ways to Him and be diligent in your pursuit of Him every day.

Abraham and David were consistent in their connection with God. That created the framework for growth in the everyday that sustained them through the times they faltered. Our relationship with God in the everyday is what feeds our faith for growth.

In Mark 9:23-24 we read “And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

If we wish to grow in faith, ask God to help. The simple act of turning to God, in faith, to ask for faith, is a demonstration of the stirring of the Holy Spirit’s work in your soul.

God Bless.

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  1. “…the Lord sees the small acts of faithfulness we do each day.” This was an encouragement not to give up on being faithful and doing good. God is faithful to us and we should strive to remain faithful to Him in every circumstance. As you said, we can ask for His help when we struggle. Thank you Manu 💕

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    1. Absolutely Dawn. We can think the daily little things we need to be faithful in don’t matter but they help discipline us to live faithful lives to God.
      Thank you Dawn 🤗💙

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  2. This is such a great post and a much needed encouragement, especially in our culture. Something that I thought about as I read this was how the world we live in is only faithful to itself. Everywhere we turn “it’s all about me.” People do what “feels good” to them and they don’t worry about whether they are being faithful to God, or anyone else. It is sad really. But your post was so inspiring and I love so many points that you made. I like how you said to start small and look to see if we are faithful in the small daily acts. This is a solid step in the right direction. And I also like that you mentioned it begins with surrender. The more we cling to The Lord, the more He will help us to grow. Great post! Blessings, my friend! 🙌♥️

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    1. I like the way you said it, the world is only faithful to itself- it’s all about me.
      I pray we surrender every day and are faithful with the little things in our daily lives.
      Thank you so very much Bridget 🤗🌺💙

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    1. We often think of faithfulness in terms of the good we might receive. But God is holy and just and will fulfil his promise of judgment to those who turn away from hIm. But he is also loving and patient and will wait and give us ample time to turn to Him in repentance.

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  3. “Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war” (Rev 19:11 ESV). I am so thankful that our God is Faithful and True! I am so thankful that our salvation is by grace through faith and nothing of our own work and merit. I am so thankful that God has given us the shield of faith as our weapon against the enemy. I am thankful for your faithful and fruitful ministry to God, His Word and His people. May Jesús return finding faith in us. Love and blessings!!

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    1. I am thankful too that God is faithful and true. Love that verse.
      It is such a privilege that God is faithful to us and an honour to be faithful in return.
      Thank you for your kind and encouraging words Mandy. I am always blessed by your writing and diligent study of scripture too.
      Hugs and blessings 🤗🌺🙏🏽💙

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  4. This was so good Manu. Consistency has been a struggle for me for more than one reason. It seems that some seasons you’re hit from every angle. When I feel as if I’ll never get past these struggles, I’m reminded that God finishes what He starts. He truly is faithful and nothing is impossible for God, not even me of little faith (far too often.) Thanks for the reminder of His faithfulness. 💙

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  5. I love how you mention the simple daily tasks and the importance of being faithful in them. That’s where it starts! And yes, we have a Father that can help us to be faithful when we ask Him to! May He help us to remain faithful as this world grows increasingly dark! Blessings, Manu!

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  6. Manu, another inspiring post on the Fruits of the Spirit! It started me humming the older hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” As you said, faithfulness originated from God; He is faithful, true, and keeps His promises. When we open our hearts to the Lord and follow His ways, we learn to trust and have confidence in Him; growing in faith. 💗🌼🌺

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    1. I remember that beautiful hymn. It has been a while since I sang it but that verse that says ‘Great is your faithfulness’ immediately does make you think of the hymn. They don’t always sing those sort of songs in church now.
      Thank you Jeanne 🤗🌺

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