September 16th 2010

Clothed With Faithfulness

10th in a series

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness….”
Galatians 5:22 (NKJV)

This quality of the Christian is often misunderstood. Many read the word ‘faith’ for faithfulness, but this is a mistake. Faith is not a fruit of the Holy Spirit, but a gift from God. This fruit of faithfulness is perhaps better known as trustworthiness or reliability.

It is said that an Englishman’s word is his bond. How much more so, then, is a Christian’s? If an earthly citizenship can demand such trust, what would be expected of a heavenly citizenship?

What a pleasure it is to find someone with this quality. In a world of ‘spin’ it is refreshing to find someone who is open and honest. Someone like this brightens his/her environment and everyone is benefited. It is a lot like light shining into a dark place.

It is a sad testimony to our age that we are brought up to be suspicious, to think that we are being kidded or taken for a ride. The ‘second-hand car salesman complex’ has infected all of our dealings, from our politicians to our market traders, from our advertisers to our bankers. We are conscious of what is not said, of what the small print contains, of what loopholes there are. We are led to believe that nothing is quite what it appears to be.  We have all been told, ‘the cheque is in the post’.

Our light can truly shine into this. Our ‘yes’ is yes, and our ‘no’ is no. There is no fudging, no evasiveness, no playing the angles, no disingenuousness. We can be trusted to be straight-faced and true, open, honest and sincere, just as Jesus is. In fact, as we behave in this way we are witnessing to Jesus’ presence in us. People will notice that we are different, and in God’s good time will glorify him because of it.

Father in heaven, the God of all truth, let that wonderful quality be more and more present in me as I deal with all whom I meet today and every day.

Study by David Stirk

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