Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness (by Margie)


*God's faithfulness is never-ending.

it never fails! His word is faithful and true. He is faithful and just. His faithfulness is to all generations. it reaches to the sky.

*for me...given as a gift, a deposit made deep within me when i received the Holy Spirit, faithfulness is always available. i get to let His faithfulness work in and shine through me. like each piece of fruit, i can choose to be faithful. God has given us all we need to walk in the fruit of faithfulness.

(in no particular order)
faithful... to God
to my husband
to my family & friends
to God's family
to the lost
to serve
to love
to the Word
to abide
to obey
in prayer
with my money
with little
with much
with my time
in good and bad times
the list is unending...

i am not a ' thus sayith the Lord' kind of person. however, last year God said, "margie, you are loyal. that is good. don't let the world take it away from you." #sozo

so, i'm wondering if loyalty and faithfulness are the same thing.
what do you think?

- adjective
1.strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.
2.true to one's word, promises, vows, etc.
3.steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant: faithful friends.
4.reliable, trusted, or believed.
5.adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate: a faithful account; a faithful copy.
6.Obs. full of faith; believing.
- noun
1.the faithful,
2. the believers, especially members of a Christian church or adherents of Islam.
3. the body of loyal members of any party or group.

- adjective
1.faithful to one's sovereign, government, or state: a loyal subject.
2.faithful to one's oath, commitments, or obligations: to be loyal to a vow.
3.faithful to any leader, party, or cause, or to any person or thing conceived as deserving fidelity: a loyal friend.
4.characterized by or showing faithfulness to commitments, vows, allegiance, obligations, etc.: loyal conduct.

i want to be faithful in this...
"abiding is a wonderful discipline that teaches us to stay, to dwell, and to remain in the place of first love." graham cooke

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