22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.
The seventh attribute of the fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness.
The Greek word for faithfulness is pistis which means “enduring, holding fast, without wavering”. There is a huge difference between knowing God is faithful and actually experiencing God’s faithfulness. When we say God is faithful, we mean God will do what is right and good for us in His sight. In other words, God is consistent with His purposes in our lives.
It is because we don’t always have all the answers that we sometimes jump to wrong conclusions and make poor judgements. However, believing in God’s faithfulness gives you the rest He promised. No matter where life takes you, God knows how to navigate you through all the twists and turns, and take you where He wants you to be. It is like Jesus bringing the disciples through the storm to the other side. Instead of ditching them, our Lord got into the boat and immediately they reached the shore (John 6:21).
Just as God is faithful to us, our response is to stay faithful to God.
In Hebrews 11, we see a list of faithful men and women of the Old Testament who trusted God because they walked with God. In the same way, as you walk with the Spirit, He will increase your capacity for faith and faithfulness. You cannot be faithful without faith, and you cannot have faith without faithfulness. Staying rooted and grounded in Christ gives you a perfect platform to grow your faith. As such, faith is not a work, but a rest, because you are receiving from God something over and above your power to produce it.
Faith in God produces faithfulness to God.
The Apostle James aptly pointed out “faith without [faithful] works is dead” (James 2:26). Faith spurs you to obey the leading of the Holy Spirit to use the gifts He has given you to serve God for the good of your church and community. While it can be challenging at times, you will bear fruit that pleases and glorifies God.
How has the Holy Spirit recently helped me to live out my faith and stay faithful to what God is calling me to do?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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