THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: FAITHFULNESS
Welcome to the Lockdown Lookup series of video devotional through the Fruit of the Spirit. We have been looking at the graces that make up the fruit of the Spirit. Today, we are looking at faithfulness.
“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”Galatians 5: 22-23
Wikipedia defines Faithfulness as the concept of unfailingly remaining loyal to someone or something, and putting that loyalty into consistent practice regardless of extenuating circumstances. I agree with that definition. Faithfulness may be exhibited by a husband or wife who, in a sexually exclusive marriage, does not engage in sexual relationships outside of the marriage.  Faithfulness It can also mean keeping one’s promises no matter the prevailing circumstances, such as God’s covenant to love his people, we learn from Scripture that God is a covenant-keeping God.  Literally, it is the state of being full of faith in the sense of steady devotion to a person, thing or concept.
Now let’s break that down into two parts.
- The literal definition of faithfulness is the state of being full of faith in the sense of steady devotion to a person, thing or concept. Hebrews 11:1 in defining faith in action, it says:
“ 1Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”Hebrews 11:1
The word faith is Greek simply means to trust. It means to have a growing trust in God.
Faith is both a gift and a fruit. In other words, it is one thing to believe in God (which is where get justification, salvation of sins) but it’s also another thing to believe God. So we have believing in God and believing God.
Remember, our struggle with sin, fundamentally means we do not believe God, we have unbelief. Which then leads to sin. We believe that sin brings joy and so we fail to believe that God will give us the pleasure we desperately want. Sin has an appeal to us. Just to be sure, sin gives pleasure but it robs of the kind of joy and peace that we have been looking at in Galatians 5.
So in this first part of the definition, faith is believing God. It is having this confidence and assurance in God. The Spirit working in us accomplishes this confidence and assurance that we ought to have in God. It is believing God. It produces this ability to remain loyal and trusting God regardless of our present circumstances because God says in Exodus 34:6,
” 6The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,.”Exodus 34:6
and 2 Tim 2:13 says,
” 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful – for he cannot deny himself,”2 Timothy 2:13
God is faithful. Faithful is who God is. So Spirit working in us produces this capacity to remain loyal and trusting God (believing God no matter what). I find that as a beautiful outworking of the Spirit. It is always amazing to me when you remain loyal and trusting (regardless of the situation), even when our members don’t want to and then he proves to be faithful over and over again. This is encouraging in that the Spirit’s work accomplishes in us something that is counter-intuitive to our human nature.
And then the other way I want us to look at faithfulness is in our interpersonal relationships:
- Let’s look at our definition of Faithfulness is this concept of unfailingly remaining loyal to someone or something, and putting that loyalty into consistent practice regardless of the extenuating circumstances.
So this speaks into our interpersonal relationships. When spiritual growth takes place in our soul faithfulness becomes the fruit that is evident. This fruit has a direct impact on our relationships with others. It produces this loyalty that we cannot make up or live out in an of ourselves. This fruit of faithfulness is then lived out in relation to our spouses, to our employers, and to the government. For instance, our national government has put in place the lockdown to curb the spread of the Corona virus. So us staying at home and adhering to these measures will prove us to be faithful and loyal. An ultimately this points back to our faith in God. So we work so as to please to God. So our faithfulness is the outworking of this deed-seated faith in God.
My encouragement is to keep walking in the Spirit for the Spirit and accomplishes this elusive fruit of the Spirit.