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Fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness

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Galatians 5:22 NIV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
God is a faithful God in the OT.
Deuteronomy 7:9 NIV
Know therefore that the
Psalm 25:10 NIV
All the ways of the
Psalm 85:10 NIV
Love and faithfulness meet together;
Hosea 2:20 NIV
I will betroth you in faithfulness,
Psalm 119:30 NIV
I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
Nt - God is faithfulness
Proverbs 3:3 NIV
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
Matthew 5:45 NIV
that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Matthew 6:4 NIV
so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
2 Corinthians 1:18–19 NIV
But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.”
2 Timothy 2:13 NIV
if we are faithless,
In the New Testament, God also acts in faithfulness: He provides for both good and evil people (); he rewards those who do his good will (, , ); he provides a way out for believers in the midst of temptation (); he remains faithful as he fulfills his promises (). Paul reminds us that even when we are faithless God remains faithful because he cannot disown himself (). John declares that Jesus is the faithful and true witness (), the Faithful and True (). God remains faithful to New Testament believers, both fulfilling and promising to fulfill the promises of the Old Testament.
Christians, like the Israelites, are to respond to God in faithfulness. Trustworthy servants must prove themselves to be faithful (). Epaphrus and Tychicus are identified as faithful ministers of Christ (; ). Paul remains faithful to God in spite of tremendous pressures (). Timothy is to select teachers who will exhibit faithfulness, one of the outstanding characteristics of Christians. The Spirit of God enables Christians to remain faithful to both God and other believers ().
Paul reminds us that
Goldberg, L. (1996). Faithfulness. In Evangelical dictionary of biblical theology (electronic ed., pp. 239–240). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

Faithfulness. Maintaining faith or allegiance; showing a strong sense of duty or conscientiousness. In biblical Hebrew, “faith” and “faithfulness” are grammatically related. Although both concepts are important in the OT, there is no English word exactly equivalent to the Hebrew terms. The most relevant Hebrew verbal root (related to our word “amen”) carries such meanings as “strengthen,” “support,” or “hold up.” In a physical sense it is used of pillars that provide support for doors (2 Kgs 18:16). Moses used the word when he disclaimed any role as supporter of the Israelites (Nm 11:12). God, however, is an eternally firm support for his people (Dt 7:9; Is 49:7).

With that notion of firm support as the bedrock for faith, words such as “firmness,” “constancy,” or “trustworthiness” best convey the related concept of faithfulness. Trustworthiness, or steadfastness of character, is ascribed to the object of one’s trust. To be unfaithful is to be unworthy of confidence or belief. In the OT a synonym for “faithfulness” is “truth.” Since God is consistently true he is the logical object of human trust (Ps 71:22; Is 61:8). When used of God in the OT, the word “faithfulness” frequently refers to his unwavering commitment to his promises.

Dictionary of Bible Themes 8248 faithfulness


Commitment to a relationship with God or fellow human beings; seen in that loyalty, devotion and service which is a reflection of God’s own faithfulness. Scripture points to the faithfulness of Jesus Christ as an example for believers.

Joshua 24:14–15 NIV
“Now fear the
Psalm 40:14–15 NIV
May all who want to take my life
Ps 40:14-15
Romans 12:1–2 NIV
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Hebrews 10:23 NIV
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
ʾěměṯ truth; firmness, trustworthiness; constancy, duration; faithfulness (56x)
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אֱמוּנָה ʾěmû·nā(h) honesty; steadfastness; trustworthiness, faithfulness; (permanent) official duty (35x)
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πίστις pistis faith (7x)
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אֵמוּן 2 ʾē·mûn 2 faithfulness, trustworthiness (2x)
אֹ֫מֶן ʾōʹ·měn trustworthiness (1x)


When Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, there were many people buried in the ruins. Some were found in cellars, as if they had gone there for security. Some were found in the upper rooms of buildings. But where was the Roman sentinel found? Standing at the city gate where he had been placed by the captain, with his hands still grasping his weapon. There, while the earth shook beneath him—there, while the floods of ashes and cinders covered him—he had stood at his post. And there, after a thousand years, was this faithful man still to be found.482

Faithful progress in the Christian life is a necessity. We should get “better” as time goes on. This is illustrated by what many consider to be the greatest horse race ever run. When Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby, each successive quarter-mile in the race was run faster than the one before. The longer the race went, the faster the horse ran.483

The story is told of an eleventh-century German king, King Henry III, who, having grown tired of court life and the pressures of being a monarch, applied to a monastery to be accepted for a life of contemplation. The religious superior of the monastery, Prior Richard, is reported to have said, “Your Majesty, do you understand that the pledge here is one of obedience? That will be hard because you have been a king.”

Henry replied, “I understand. The rest of my life I will be obedient to you, as Christ leads you.”

“Then I will tell you what to do,” said Prior Richard. “Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the place where God has placed you.”

When King Henry III died, a statement was written: “The King learned to rule by being obedient.”

Like King Henry, we too often tire of our role and responsibility. Like King Henry, we too need to be reminded that God has placed each of us in a particular place to be faithful there. Be it as a plumber, accountant, mother, father, or whatever, God expects us to be faithful where he has placed us.484

Do you apply the same standards of faithfulness to your Christian activities that you expect from other areas of your life?

If your car starts once every three tries, is it reliable?

If your paperboy skips delivery every Monday and Thursday, is he trustworthy?

If you don’t go to work once or twice a month, are you a loyal employee?

If your refrigerator stops working for a day or two every now and then, do you say, “Oh, well, it works most of the time”?

If your water heater provides an icy-cold shower every now and then, is it dependable?

If you miss a couple of loan payments every year, does the bank say, “Ten out of twelve isn’t bad”?

If you fail to worship God one or two Sundays a month, would you expect to be called a faithful Christian?

We expect faithfulness and reliability from things and other people. Does not God expect the same from us? The problem is that in our religious activities we see ourselves as volunteers rather than as duty bound (1 Cor. 9). For a volunteer, almost anything seems acceptable. For a bondservant who is duty bound, faithfulness is expected (Matt. 25:21).485

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