But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: … faithfulness… (Galatians 5:22)
When I began this study on the fruit of the Spirit, I went to great length in trying to explain the struggle we as believers often face in trying to live the Christian life. Paul describes it as – “The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.” (Galatians 5:17) How true those words are and how much many of us can relate to them. I begin each day with the determination to be more faithful to my Lord; and yet, somewhere along the way, I find myself each day failing Him in some way.
As Jesus told His disciples, “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (see Matthew 26:41) In spite of all of our good intentions, we will never be strong enough in our flesh to be the kind of Christian our Lord desires for us to be. Yet that is not to say that we are without hope. Paul teaches us that faithfulness is a part of the Spirit’s fruit in our lives.
God the Spirit is able to make us more faithful because He Himself is faithful. Consider these passages of scripture on the faithfulness of God.
Deuteronomy 7:9 Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.
Psalm 36:5 Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. God is faithful and therefore He will faithfully do everything that He has promised.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.
I close today with this doxology from the book of Jude. God bless you my brethren. Have a great day!
“To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25)