But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Faithfulness
In a world filled with the persuasion of immorality, having a moral conviction for truth and righteousness is a difficult commodity. Paul writing to the churches in Asia Minor faced no more an uphill climb to convince the brethren to remain unspotted from the world. The Roman world was infused in every corner the dogmas of idolatry, worldliness and the works of the flesh enumerated earlier in the apostle’s letter. Remaining faithful in an unfaithful world would take more than self-conviction. Faithfulness as a fruit of the Spirit should be a warning the will of man will no long endure without the guidance and assistance of the Holy Spirit. Faith is not something that comes naturally because one is a Christian or they are part of an organization that espouses truth. Fruits come from a source and faithfulness is a byproduct of the Holy Spirit. Many of the virtues of the fruits of the Spirit are subjective but faithfulness is an objective quality.
Being faithful is the inward conviction that God is real and His Son is the only way, truth and life. This can only come from a continual meditation on the word of God which is the express image of the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit comes from abiding in the fruit of the Spirit with a daily diet of the word of God. Without the manna of the Word in our hearts faithfulness will not grow. Bearing fruit is filling our minds and hearts with the knowledge of the Lord in a continual feeding of His will, commands, promises, precepts and grace. Faithfulness blossoms with our conviction of the one truth. Standing on the promises of God we defy the errors of the wicked one. Abiding in the fruit of faithfulness gives stability to our lives with the reassurance of final victory.
The fruit of the Spirit in faithfulness is the salt of our lives influencing others for good. Faithfulness is the character of a child of God by the example of their lives. It is evident in their daily life they are faithful to the Lord. They are faithful in their speech, attitudes, demeanor and spirit of life and others see Christ living in them. The manifestation of faithfulness is seen in their obedience to worship with other saints on the first day of the week. There is never a question about their faithfulness because they are engaged in the work of the local church on every level. This is one of the manifestation of faithfulness among many but so vital to show an expression of love for God. Those who seldom assemble with saints do not show a spirit of faithfulness. The fruit of the Spirit is seen in the way they dress. Immodesty is a work of the flesh. Showing a character of modesty is an expression of a faithful heart seeking to exalt the inner man for the glory of God. Faithfulness is heard in the speech of the Christian who shows the other fruits of the Spirit like love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness and goodness. It takes a meek heart to show faithfulness and without self-control, there can be no faithfulness. The fruit of the Spirit is a full tree.
Faithfulness is thinking about the end of all things. The Lord desires His people to be faithful unto death and He will give the eternal reward of redemption through His Son. A life lived for faithfulness will find the joy of hope in the words of the Lord saying, “Enter in. Well done good and faithful servant.” Through the power of the Holy Spirit faithfulness becomes an integral part of the life of God’s people and others will see the glory of God in their lives. Come to the fruit of the Spirit and partake of the power of His grace in producing faithfulness in your life.