The Fruit of The Spirit
By Matt Ferreira
…the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)
The Fruit of the Spirit is a biblical phrase that summarises the nine characteristics of a person who lives with the Holy Spirit. This week we are looking at faithfulness.
The Bible is full of praise to God for His great faithfulness. Often it is closely linked with His ’steadfast love.’ God’s faithfulness to us means that He is completely committed to us, trustworthy and dependable. We can lean on His faithfulness knowing that He will never let us down and He will never fail us. We can stand on the promises of God’s Word because of His faithfulness.
The way in which God demonstrated His faithfulness most powerfully was sending Jesus, His Son, to be born as a baby, to suffer and die for us, and to rise again. God was faithful to His promises to save the world and to make it possible for each and every one of us to live in relationship and worship Him.
When God’s Holy Spirit lives in us, it follows that He will produce the same characteristic in us: we are called to be faithful. Our first calling is to be faithful to God. We have been blessed immeasurably by His faithfulness, so our response should be a growing loyalty to Him.
To be faithful to God means serving Him first above all other things, to put the values of His Kingdom and the Bible first in our lives, and to be wholehearted in our service to Him. We are unable to do this in our own strength or effort, but by reflecting on God’s faithfulness and walking day by day in step with His Holy Spirit.
When we do this, we will be more reliable to those around us – our friends, families and communities. Embodying God’s faithfulness will enable us to treat others with a consistency of love that reflects the constant love of God our Father.