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Faithfulness in human relationships

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Loyalty and commitment within human relationships is important in the life of God’s people. It is seen particularly in fidelity within marriage, fulfilling family obligations, honouring vows, dutiful service and trustworthy speech and conduct.

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Faithfulness within society

It is important in the life of God’s people

The word translated “love” is the Hebrew word “hesed”, which here expresses the loyalty and faithfulness that should characterise the life of God’s people.
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It is a reflection of God’s faithfulness to his people

Psalm 89:14 NIV84
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.
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Faithfulness in marriage

Hebrews 13:4 NIV84
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
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Faithfulness in family relationships

1 Timothy 5:4 NIV84
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.
See also fulfilling family obligations in marriage arrangements; fulfilling family obligations regarding burial

Ruth’s faithfulness to Naomi:

Hannah visits Samuel regularly.

The wife of noble character provides for her family:

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Jesus Christ provides for his mother.

Faithfulness to vows and covenants

Numbers 30:2 NIV84
When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.

Jacob and Laban:


The sons of Israel and Joseph:


The Israelites and Rahab:

Joshua and the Gibeonites

David and Jonathan:

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Ben-Hadad and Ahab

Faithfulness in speech

In carrying messages

Proverbs 13:17 NIV84
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.
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In telling the truth


In bringing God’s word

Jeremiah 23:28 NIV84
Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord.
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Faithfulness in conduct

In serving others

3 John 5 NIV84
Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even though they are strangers to you.
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In intercession

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In giving

2 Corinthians 8:7–11 NIV84
But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.
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In handling money

2 Kings 12:13–15 NIV84
The money brought into the temple was not spent for making silver basins, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, trumpets or any other articles of gold or silver for the temple of the Lord; it was paid to the workmen, who used it to repair the temple. They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.
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The rarity of true faithfulness

Proverbs 20:6 NIV84
Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
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