Friday, April 10, 2015

What to Write ~ Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

It's the second Friday of the month...the unofficial designated day to write to your sponsored kids!

I am continuing with the Fruit of the Spirit series In case you missed them, you can find them here...

Greetings dear one! How are you? We are well, and it is with great joy that I am able to write another letter to you.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Galations 5:22

Today we are learning what it means to be faithful or have faithfulness. So what is faithfulness? It’s the act of being loyal, constant and steadfast. When God is faithful to us, He is always there – in every situation and in every circumstance. His love for us is constant. When we are faithful to God, we are loyal to Him in every situation and every circumstance. We are obedient to His commands no matter what.

There are many Bible verses that tell us God is faithful to us. I love the imagery of Psalm 36:5.

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

Can you even imagine that? Go look at the sky and then imagine God’s faithfulness reaching that high – His love reaching through to the heavens. It’s pretty amazing.

Another verse I love is Psalm 86:15

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Other verses like Joshua 24:14 tell us that we should be faithful.

Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness.

And verses like 1 Samuel 26:23 suggest that we will be rewarded for our faithfulness.

The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness.

Being faithful requires effort and work. It’s easy to be faithful when we are happy, but much harder when things happen that make us wonder if God really loves us. Sometimes life is hard and we are sad or angry or confused about what is happening. But God still wants us to be faithful to Him, just as He is faithful to us.

I’ll leave you with my favorite verse about God’s faithfulness – this one is good enough to memorize, so I encourage you to hide this in your heart.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Because God is faithful to us, we need to be faithful (loyal, constant and steadfast) to Him.

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