So what does this look like or how can we practice Faithfulness? If you were to look up the definition one of the choices to define it would be “complete trust” and another would be “loyalty”. For me Faithfulness has two elements. First is stating or committing to the fact that you Faithfully follow or believe in something. The second element of Faithfulness is the actions that you perform that show your Faithfulness.
I think there is a popular phrase to describe this…”that is easier said, than done”. It is always easier to say I am a Faithful to this or that than to do things that show your Faithfulness. Because of this many of us are very particular in stating what we are Faithful too. Look at relationships in life… Who would you say is Faithful to you? Who would you say you are Faithful to?
Faithfulness is critical in having a close relationship with others. It means they can depend on you no matter what the circumstances. You are available to spend time with them, you can be trusted and you are consistent in your interactions and when you have a close relationship with another person they give you the same Faithfulness. This type of close relationship opens us up and makes us vulnerable, so if we are ever betrayed by someone it makes it even more difficult to be Faithful again. There is only one relationship that you can rely on to be consistently Faithful and never let you down…that is your relationship with Jesus Christ.
You can trust him, you can believe he will do what is best for you and he will never ever leave you. The key is learning to be Faithful to him. Start with prayer…pray Faithfully…be consistent. Do it everyday, give him thanks, praise him, ask him for help and sit quietly and listen.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality”.
Start and end each day Faithfully talking to God and practice turning to him first for challenges and problems or thanking him first for joyful moments.
Tomorrow we will discuss Gentleness.