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Faithfulness is the seventh fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. It is an interesting word when we consider the context of our world today. Let’s start with the fact that there are no absolutes in our world anymore. Your truth is your truth and my truth is my truth and both are true even when they totally disagree with one another. Two diametrically different truths cannot both be true. But they are in our world.
We live in a relativistic world. Our ethics are driven by our belief system and our circumstances. Our moral choices are equally dependent on what seems best to me. In a world without absolutes there is confusion. This is our world.
Not so with a Christ follower for the seventh fruit of God’s Spirit is faithfulness. It is the Greek word pisteos, which means living with firm persuasion and conviction in the truth. It is a deep assurance in, reliance on, and confidence in God and His truth rather than a life of confusion, hypocrisy, or disobedience. It is a settled faith in God with the requisite fidelity to that truth and conviction.
Unlike a confused world when it comes to truth, God is truth and His word is truth. He and His word are our foundation and our unchanging guide to what is right, what is wrong, and the way we are called to live. As the old hymn says, “We have an anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure while the billows roll; fastened to the Rock which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.”
We have the anchor in our Savior and His Word. Our responsibility is to live consistently with that anchor. With His truth. Not only believing (head knowledge) but believing (heart commitment) and doing (matching our beliefs to our lives). Never separate head knowledge from heart commitment and how we live. They all go together. That is faithfulness.
Faithfulness requires that we understand the teaching of God. We cannot demonstrate faithfulness without spending regular time in the word of God, understanding God’s character, His teaching, and His call on our lives. Our objective truth is grounded in His objective Word.
Something else happens as we spend time in his truth. We start to think like Him and we are motivated to live like Him. Time with His Word, and with Him in prayer, and meditation create in us the desire to live faithfully. This is what the Spirit does with our spirit as we spend time together.
Father, thank you that I have an anchor that keeps my soul safe and secure as the billows roll. Thank you that in a relativistic world I have objective truth grounded in the God of the universe. Give me your heart of faithfulness. Amen