Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Set an Example in Life: Faithfulness

1 Timothy 4:12
Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The word translated faithfulness from the Greek is “pistis” and it has a two-part definition.

1. The conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things. The provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ. Also a strong and welcome conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through whom we obtain eternal salvation through Christ.

A conviction is a fixed or firm belief. We are to be firm in our belief of God and who he is. Unwavering. We know that we know that we know and nothing can undo that knowing.

Hebrews 10:22
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Faithfulness is being fully assured. No doubt.

It is also the kind of faith that saves us.

Ephesians 2:8
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.

Matthew 9:2
Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”

It’s the kind of faith you can see.

2. Fidelity, faithfulness

Faithfulness- the character of one who can be relied on.

Fidelity means loyal.
Loyal- Characterized by or showing faithfulness to commitments, vows, allegiance, obligations, etc.

The character of one who can be relied on.

Titus 2:9-10
Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything; to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.

Have faith in God.
And be faithful.

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