The fruit of faithfulness is a powerful gift.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control,” (Galatians 5:22-23a).
Anyone who has been in church for even a short amount of time has heard these verses. They are the nine characteristics that by the work of the Holy Spirit should be displayed in every Christian’s life. There are two on this list that may get overlooked. They may get lost when we read words like “Love, Joy, Peace,” and “Patience.” Those are the fruit of the Spirit that we think we have a more pressing need for.
We have just as great a need for Faithfulness and Self-Control. Although they may be overlooked they are no less essential to our relationship with our Father and making positive changes in our life. Let’s take a closer look at faithfulness.
Faithfulness is the key to change that sticks.
A lack of faithfulness is the reason we don’t stay with diets, workout schedules or a Bible reading plan. We are invigorated by the idea of starting something new and the possible changes it could bring, but we miss one day, and then two, and then three, and we give up. We think it was hopeless to start something new.
But it’s not hopeless. Our Father wants us to make new, positive changes to our lives. He doesn’t just want us to do it; He’s also given us the power to stick with it until we succeed. That power is faithfulness. When we tap into the faithfulness of God in us we can overcome any obstacle. To access this, speak it out loud.
We might not believe that we are a faithful person at first.
We could be the kind of person who has quit everything we’ve ever started. That will all fade away when we start confessing faithfulness over our lives every day. We simply need to say it over and over again, because it’s the truth of God’s Word being put into effect through the spoken word.
On the days when we don’t “feel” faithful we can confess this:
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself,” (2 Timothy 2:13).
We just have to stop leaning on our own strength and wisdom and start relying on Jesus Christ and His Spirit who lives in us. Faithfulness will manifest in every area of our lives when we do this.
Start speaking it today. Confess God’s faithfulness over your life for whatever change you’re trying to make. It doesn’t matter if it’s your diet or your marriage, God will work in you to make you faithful.