The Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

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2 Timothy 2:13

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What comes to mind when you think of the word faithful? Maybe think of someone or something that is always there for you. Someone who is completely reliable someone who is always true to their word. Maybe it’s the family dog that’s waiting for you when you come home from work. Maybe it’s that parent that you know you can call them up anytime and they’ll take the kids for you. Maybe it’s the emergency services that you know that they’ll be there if something happens.

What about yourself? Do you think of yourself as someone who is faithful? I think most people would say they’d like to be. They try to keep their word. They try to do what they say. They try to be dependable and reliable, but things get busy. Things get complicated. Things change and we don’t.

What about when it comes to God be faithful to Him? Faithful to come to church every week, faithful to give a good offering to the Lord, faithful in following His commandments. Again, here too, we have excuses. Things get busy. Things get complicated. If I was as faithful as I should be I’d certainly be risking a lot. Cost me so much… I might lose so much…

So many times and in so many ways we are unfaithful. When it comes to family, friends, co-workers, and even God. And yet he reminds us of this truth in 2 Timothy chapter 2 verse 13.

If we are faithless, he remains faithful, because he cannot deny himself. (2 Timothy 2:13)

It’s talking about God there of course. That God is always faithful. He’s always dependable, reliable, he always keeps His word. And it doesn’t even depend on us and our faithfulness to Him, it depends on who he is. The almighty and perfect and loving God. What a comfort that is for us then. To know that even when we’ve turned our backs on God at times when we’ve broken our word when it comes to Him where we’ve failed to be reliable and dependable God remains faithful to us and faithful to his promises. As he welcomes us to come back again to repent of our sins that he might forgive us and shower his love on us more and more.

Yes when it comes to the fruit of the spirit of faithfulness we’re really inspired by our God who’s been incredibly faithful to us and will always be. Amen.