Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 15, 2014
The fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness. Galatians 5:22b
Faithfulness flows from the fruit of the Spirit’s vine with divine fidelity. It is the ability to stay the course in a crisis or correct a corrupt circumstance. Faithfulness is a personal resolve to stay committed in marriage through “sickness and health, richer and poorer and to death do us part.” Faithfulness feels a compelling call from Christ to stay put in a career, especially when it’s not easy, knowing perseverance leads to righteous rewards. Invite the Lord’s faithfulness to you to facilitate your faithfulness to Him and others.
Are you at the crossroads of a commitment? Will you remain faithful, even though it is unfair and hard? It is easier to follow Jesus when He heals and forgives. It is harder to be a dedicated disciple when you are persecuted for your faith and demeaned for doing good. However, because Christ remained faithful to the Cross, on the Cross and after the Cross, you remain faithful to bear your cross for Christ. Make sure to keep your eyes on Jesus, not on the unfaithfulness of others. A friend’s unfaithfulness, even betrayal, is your opportunity to remain faithful. Scared friends may scatter and an insecure family member may gossip, but you still model loyalty to those you love. Love is faithful in the face of unfaithfulness.
Related Scriptures: Psalm 91:4; Isaiah 38:18-19; 3 John 1:3; Revelation 13:10
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