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“Confidentiality is a virtue of the loyal, as loyalty is the virtue of faithfulness.” ~Edwin Louis Cole

“Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

“But the fruit of the Spirit is … faithfulness …” ~Galatians 5:22 NIV

In our continuing series on being like a tree in 2012, we’ve been taking a closer look at the fruit that develops naturally in a life that’s being transformed from the inside out.

This week’s fruit is faithfulness (also translated as fidelity, faith, or longanimity.)

Faithfulness is fundamental to relationships and responsibilities. It’s being loyal to God, friends, and family. Being trustworthy. Punctual in performing promises. It’s dependability, loyalty, and stability. Committing oneself to to something or someone.

This fruit means being faithful to one’s word and promises. Being someone who can be trusted and confided in. To be conscientiously careful in preserving what is committed to our trust, neither betraying the secret of a friend nor disappointing the confidence of an employer. 

In a world of divorce and back-stabbers, faithfulness is never turning back. As the Spirit of God influences and directs our feelings towards people, we become more faithful to our earthly commitments. As we discover the heart of God and accept His love for us, we become more faithful to Him.

“Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.” (Hebrews 3:5-6 NIV)

May we grow to be like David who said, “For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I am not guilty of turning from my God.” (2 Samuel 22:22 NIV)

At the end of our lives, may we honestly say, “Our hearts had not turned back; our feet had not strayed from your path.” (Psalm 44:18 NIV)

What about you? Do you keep your promises? Have you ever wavered in your faith? Why or why not?

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