Christian Living
Understanding Faithfulness
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Apr 12, 2018
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Faithfulness stands at the heart of who God is and what He wants to do in and through us. It is rooted in commitment and trust. Trust is produced when we make a promise and then keep it, when we make a commitment and then honor it, and when we say something and mean it. Consistency, reliability, and proven track records are all aspects of faithfulness. Faithfulness means giving your best to any effort you undertake, whether it is a task or a relationship.

We must be faithful in all areas of life—whether they are little things or big things. In being faithful, we keep appointments and promises. We remain faithful to our spouse, not only through fidelity but also by making decisions with their good in mind. At the office, it means doing your best work even when no one is watching.

Faithfulness stands at the heart of who God is and what He wants to do in and through us.

As you develop this fruit, you may discover a few foes to faithfulness. You will find that your faithfulness decreases as you diminish your relationship with God. If you find yourself spending less time in prayer, becoming sporadic in your church attendance or negligent in your giving of tithe or time, your faithfulness will suffer. But God calls us to be faithful to Him, just as He is faithful to us.

The compromise of God's Truth is another foe to faithfulness. When we begin to interpret Scripture to fit our own desires, we diminish both our ability to rely upon the faithfulness of God and our ability to be faithful. If we see God as someone who changes His mind or who is capricious in His judgments, we will have little desire to follow Him. So, it is paramount that we ask the Lord for His wisdom to understand Scripture and seek His Truth faithfully, allowing it to transform and renew our minds (see Romans 12:2).

Prayer: Father, help me to be faithful in every area of my life and especially in my relationship with You. Help me to spend time in Your Word and never compromise Your Truth. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful" (1 Corinthians 4:2).