Faithfulness is one of the fruit of the Spirit. Are you faithful? What does it mean to be faithful?
I was pondering this the other day. Faithfulness can be seen in many ways. It requires honesty and consistency. Faithfulness is an aspect of commitment. When you are faithful, people view you as trustworthy and reliable. Those are really good traits to be known for!
Faithfulness in Marriage
Here’s some examples of faithfulness as it applies in marriage or a committed partnership.
- I will not speak about my partner in a disrespectful or unkind way when I am with others. I will also not allow others to speak about him/her that way in my presence.
- I will reserve intimacy for him/her alone. I will not be involved with someone else in an intimate way emotionally, physically or spiritually. If I see an attractive person, I will not allow my eyes or mind to linger on them. I will guard my affections and my spouse will always be FIRST in my mind and heart.
Faithfulness in Friendship
When you demonstrate faithfulness in friendships, the principles are similar. You guard your connection with that friend and you don’t allow disrespectful or unkind things to be said about them. That doesn’t mean you ignore their negative traits (we all have them!), but the way you speak about them is still respectful and kind – the same way you would want someone to talk about you. When they need your support, you are there for them.
Faithfulness on the Job
Faithfulness as a worker can really help you to be promoted in your business or industry. Managers appreciate those that do what they say they are going to do and do it consistently. They know who they can rely on and those will be the ones who move forward in their career. Even in personal pursuits like playing an instrument, learning a new language or craft, faithfulness really pays off. The more you stick to something, the sooner you see the rewards of your labor.
Who is Faithful to you?
Think of 1 or 2 people who personify “Faithfulness” to you. Pay attention to what they do that gives you the impression that you can count on them. Then begin to act in similar ways.
Faithfulness is a quiet, behind-the-scenes quality that
doesn’t draw a lot of attention,
but in the long run it has GREAT rewards.
Its fruit is very sweet both for you and for others.
Start growing some today!