“See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright— but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness—
Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
I have realized over the years that faithfulness, loyalty, and integrity are very important to me. Many people can talk a big talk, but in my opinion, it speaks louder to see someone walking the walk being faithful to do what they said they were going to do. I understand there are times we fail and I’m not talking about judging people. We have to give much grace and mercy, and remember the times we fail as well, but how many of us know that faithfulness is important to God?
God is faithful to us, even if it doesn’t always feel or look like it. Most often in the bible when the word faithfulness is used it is pertaining to the character of God, but this doesn’t just apply to the Lord this also applies to us as well. First of all, as Christians, we are called to express the character of God to others. When we give our lives to Jesus, the Lord then places the seeds of the nine fruits of the spirit in us. Those seeds need cultivated, watered, and fed so that they will grow just like seeds in the natural. So for us to grow in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control we have to be intentional through spending time with the Lord and reading the bible.
When we talk about the fruits of the spirit we can sometimes forget that faithfulness is even listed as one of the fruits. So what is faithfulness? Some words to describe faithfulness are loyal, constant, and true to one’s word. In fact, there are a couple of instances in the bible when someone took an oath and had to place their hand under the “thigh” of the person which they were vowing to. The word thigh in these passages can also be translated into the word “testicles” (Genesis chapters 24 and 47). I think this shows the level of importance that is meant to be faithful by taking an oath in the old testament!
The importance of faithfulness is made very clear to us throughout the bible. Jesus rebuked the religious rulers for the fact they had forgotten justice, mercy, and faithfulness (Matthew 23:23). Habakkuk 2:4 says, “See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness” Faithfulness is not only a sign of God’s character but ours as well. When we are unfaithful we are showing who we are just as much as when we are being faithful.
I want to encourage you to be a person of your word and live of life of faithfulness. No one is perfect and the goal is not perfection, but what is in your heart will manifest through your actions. This might not be an area you have thought about before. I would like you to challenge yourself by praying and asking God for ways to develop greater faithfulness. Just like any fruit it takes time and the right fuel. A great place to start is focusing on the times God has been faithful to you.
“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.” Psalm 89:1
“saying, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master.” Genesis 24:27