BIBLE READING: PROVERBS 20:6; 1THESSALONIANS 5:24; PROVERBS 28:20
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man” Proverbs 3:3-4 (NIV).
We were all created in the Image and Likeness of God, therefore we are relational beings just like Him (see Gen.1:26-27). As a relational being, man is expected to be faithful as he relates with God (see Ps. 31:23), as he relates with others (see Eph. 4:32) and with his immediate environment. (see Gen. 2:15). In these relationships, man is expected to be faithful and bear fruit because he was given a special place and dominion to manage God’s creation. (see Gen 1:28).
Faithfulness is a fundamental virtue required from every man by God, which is why it is one of the Fruits of the Spirit — “But the Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Goodness, Kindness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control against such there is no law.” Gal. 5:22-23 (NKJV). As a Christian, it is important to exhibit these Fruits of the Spirit in our lives and relationships with others. Faithfulness within the context of family relationship relates to the following:
- Consistent Performance of Duty: A faithful spouse is a spouse who fulfills his/her duties wholeheartedly. This includes loving, respecting and sharing life with each other. It means husbands loving their wives sacrificially and it means wives submitting to their own husbands.
- Being Reliable and Trustworthy: A faithful husband or wife is one who fulfills his or her marriage vows. A faithful spouse is a spouse who always keeps his or her word (see Ps.15:4).
- Obedience to Christ: A faithful husband loves his bride as Christ loves His Bride. A faithful wife submits to her husband and nurtures life and love, creating a place of refuge and refreshment in the world as the Church is called to do. A marriage is a faithful marriage if it is one which tells the Truth about the Gospel. A faithful spouse imitates and obeys Christ in his or her love for the other.
God was so Faithful in His Relationship with man that He sent His Only Son to die on the Cross so that our sins would be forgiven and we would obtain Eternal Life. The Price Jesus paid was a Sacrifice of His Life and it is a cost you must be prepared to pay in your relationships. The Bible is clear that faithfulness requires sacrifice. In no verse is this stated more poignantly than in John 15:13 where we read, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (NKJV). There is no better example of loving one’s neighbour as yourself than being willing to die for them, just as Christ died for you and me.
Father, I thank You for the gift of relationships and the people You have placed in my life. I desire to be faithful in my dealings with others and on the assignments that You and the authority figures that I am answerable to have committed to my trust. Father, help me to impact everything that is around me positively for Your Glory in Jesus’ Name. Amen.