Fruit of the Spirit — faithfulness

Without faithfulness life wavers and totters with instability. You’re seen as unreliable and people have trouble trusting you. When you’re unfaithful to your conscience, guilt is the natural consequence.

Faithfulness is unswerving commitment to what is right. A faithful person is reliable. He or she is loyal to truth and dependable to do live with integrity.

True faithfulness isn’t swayed by circumstances, but steadfastly aligns with God and His character and love. It is to continually trust in the living God — to have faith that endures.

The early Christ-followers were faithful to daily follow and obey the living Jesus, even if it cost them their life. When you’ve been overcome with the love and mercy of the Jesus, faithfulness comes supernaturally. A clear vision of the living Jesus and of His love and mercy for you, creates a burning desire to faithfully follow and obey Him.

Faithfulness isn’t blind loyalty. It’s loyalty to truth, to justice, to what is good, to mercy, and to kindness. Faithfulness is the tenacity to stand for what is morally right, even if you stand alone.

Faithfulness is to steadily follow and obey the living God instead of your own feelings, desires, and opinions. The ultimate faithfulness is to be steadfastly surrendered to God. When you’re faithful to God, it may go unrecognized by people (or it may even be mocked by them), but God sees and says well done.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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