Fruit of the Spirit is Faithfulness

Faithfulness, the Fruit of the Spirit/ Evening Devotion/ Faithfulness/ 200F-001 (Gal. 5:22) / Lesson # 1. Key Text:But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,” (Galatians 5:22, NKJV)

Heart Question: [1] What is faithfulness? [2] Is faithfulness an essential trait for God’s people? [3] How can we be faithful?

Faithfulness is defines as “the quality of being faithful; fidelity.” The faithfulness of God and His Word is a constant theme in the Bible. But we will consider God’s faithfulness ‘as a topic’ at a later date, not in this series. Our focus in this mini-series is practical application of faithfulness for believers, namely: Manifestation of faithfulness; Biblical illustrations of faithfulness; and Faithfulness in human relationships.

Today’s lesson is entitle “the Fruit of the Spirit is Faithfulness.” Faithfulness, of course, comes from the word Faith. Faith comes from God. The disciples once asked the LORD to increase their faith(that trust and confidence that spring from our belief in God)” (Luke 17:5, AMP). Apostle Paul is reminding us that each one of us has been given “a measure of faith” (Rom. 12:3) Faithfulness is opposed to “heresies.” Faithfulness “believeth all things” (1 Cor. 13:7).

Faithfulness is “a quality of character that entails remaining steadfast in one’s commitment to another person or group of persons, or to one’s promises to another person or group, even in the face of adversity, opposition or faithlessness on the part of the other person or group. Such steadfastness, in turn, results in the faithful person being worthy of trust.” [Stanley J. Grenz and Jay T. Smith, Pocket Dictionary of Ethics, 2003, 39–40].

Beloved, if we have the Spirit of God, the Fruits of the Spirit will be manifested in our lives. We will be faithful– Faithfulness toward God and man. We will be faithful to our words and promises we make to others; we will be trusted or confided by others. The Spirit will influence our actions, attitudes, thoughts, etc. We will be faithful to our neighbors, friends, family, spouses, children, etc. We will be faithful to our duties, contracts, places of employment, our duty to God, our talents, our call to be “the light of the world” (Mt 5:14). Listen to this: “No man can be a Christian who is not thus faithful, and all pretensions to being under the influences of the Spirit when such fidelity does not exist, are deceitful and vain.” (Albert Barnes)

Action Step: What response do you think this lesson should inspires us to do? [1] We must be faithful to God; [2] We must be faithful to our fellow men; [3] We must be faithful to ourselves– a faithful believer must be willing to examine his own state; He must have a deeper sense of the deceitfulness and danger of sin; He must have a sense of dependence upon God: praying and meditating upon His word all the time.

Have a Good Night: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23, NKJV)

The Gospel’s Voice/ Devotional Themes/ Faithfulness—Living out one’s Faith in daily life / Thought # 1.