August 31, 2012

Fruit of Faithfulness

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- August 31, 2012

“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 to 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.

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. Faithfulness finds faithfulness by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

“What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness?” Romans 3:3

Moreover, make sure to keep your eyes on Jesus, not on the unfaithfulness of others. People will let you down; so do not place them on a pedestal. A friend’s unfaithfulness, even betrayal is your opportunity to remain faithful, as you lean into the Lord’s faithfulness. 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.

Furthermore, you can rely on the faithfulness of your heavenly Father. He is faithful when you are not faithful. He is faithful to give you courage when you face fearful situations. He is faithful to give abundant grace in your time of great need. He is faithful to give you wisdom for the best decision. He extends you mercy, so you can be merciful. The Lord’s faithfulness facilitates your faithfulness. So, stay faithful to Him and them!

“Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” Psalm 86:11

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for Your faithfulness to me. Keep me 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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Comments

  1. Steven Johnson says:

    Disappointed with part of today’s “blog”. Not about the topic, but with the fact that in your blog you referenced scripture (Romans 3:3) out of context to to back your thoughts about today’s topic.

    When an individual posts just one verse from scripture, I have learned that you need to read a few verses before and after to know what message God was wanting delivered.

    For example, I could make a post making negative remarks about your reference by using Romans 3:4 as my backing point.

    “Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.”
    Romans 3:4 (NIV)

    The problem with both of our references is that if a person was to read the whole chapter 3 of Romans, it would reveal that these two verses have nothing to do with the points that were trying to be made.

    Wouldn’t it have been better to reference scripture revealing God’s reward for faithfulness?

    The LORD rewards every man for his righteousness and faithfulness. The LORD delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed.
    1 Samuel 26:23 (NIV)

    I enjoy your blog on a regular basis, and confess that my knowledge and understanding of God’s word is in no comparison to an individual such as yourself.

    A notion was stirred in my heart to point this out, I just pray that I done so in a non aggressive manor.

    For His glory,

    Steve

    1. Boyd says:

      Steve, thank you so much for your insight and great point. Thank you for helping us make this devotional better. I love your 1 Samuel scripture. It’s very appropriate and a great word. I pray you have a blessed day and thanks for being a faithful wisdom hunter. In Him – Boyd


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