Fruit of the Spirit- What is Faithfulness

The seventh fruit of Spirit is faithfulness. But, what is faithfulness as it is talked about in the Bible? Specifically as a fruit of the Spirit?

Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23
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Faithfulness is “steadfastness, constancy or allegiance; it carefulness is keeping what we are entrusted with; it is the conviction that the Scriptures accurately reflect reality. Biblical faithfulness requires belief in what the Bible says about God- His existence, His works and His character.” (http://www.gotquestions.org)

Faithfulness, as a fruit of the Spirit, comes as a result of the Holy Spirit working in us. It is trusting God because He is faithful no matter what our eyes or ears tell us.

The world and our natural senses seem to tell us one thing and the Word of God another.

For example, in Genesis 21: 1-34, Abraham believed God’s promise that he would have a child in spite of their age and everything their natural instincts told them because he knew that God was faithful.

We are able to be faithful because of the Holy Spirit working in us and because God is totally faithful to us and to His promises. Which means that if He said it, He will do it.

In Ephesians 6:16, we are told, “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

Faith is what protects us against the attacks of the enemy. In fact, God’s faithfulness is actually our shield.

Psalm 91:4 “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

We can be faithful and exude faithfulness in our own lives because we know He is faithful. We can stand against spiritual attacks of the enemy because God’s faithfulness is our shield.

By taking hold of God’s own character, His faithfulness to us and His promises, we can in turn be faithful to God, to our families and friends and the people we meet.

Our growth in being able to exemplify the fruits of the Spirit is a gradual process of letting the Holy Spirit have control of our lives and daily turning over everything to Him.

Fruit of the Spirit-FaithfulnessIt is this process of letting the Holy Spirit work in our lives that makes us more like Jesus. We will never be perfect like Jesus in this lifetime, but that’s where God’s grace and faithfulness to us come in to play.

Even when we want to give up, He never does. When we give in to the flesh and sin, He is still faithful to forgive us and restore us. He loves us perfectly and wants us to show the same kind of love an faithfulness to those around us.

He has called us to be a “light” in Matthew 5:16:

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

If the Holy Spirit is working inside you, then other people should be able to see a difference in you. They should be able to see His light. Are you letting the Holy Spirit develop the fruit of the Spirit- faithfulness inside of you? What about love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, and goodness? Or, meekness and self-control? Do you have more today than yesterday or last week or last month? It never hurts to do a little inventory.

 

See also: Fruit of the Spirit- Goodness; Fruit of the Spirit-Gentleness; Fruit of the Spirit- Patience; Fruit of the Spirit- Peace; Fruits of the Spirit- What is Joy?; Fruits of the Spirit- Love


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