The Powerful Fruit of Faithfulness – blog
Are you a person other people can count on? We see in movies the good old days where a man’s word was his bond and a handshake was all it took to seal a deal. People could be relied upon to keep their word and do what they say they would do. We like people like that. We call them trustworthy and dependable. They make great friends, good employers, and employees, and are people you can count on for keeping their word.
All of these are facets in the diamond of faithfulness. This precious fruit of the Spirit is a reflection of one of the most valuable attributes of God. God, whom Jesus told us to address as Father, has always been, is now, and will ever be faithful to His Word and faithful to you.
Those of us who are still in our sexual brokenness find that others have a hard time believing that we will be faithful. On June 16th, 1979, I made a promise to God, my pastor, my family and friends and most importantly to Ms. Mona Little that I would forsake all others love and cherish her until death do us part. I was not faithful. I meant it at the time with all my heart. I had no secret plans to down the road smash that vow into a million pieces by becoming addicted to sex … but I did.
I know what unfaithfulness feels like. To me, it seemed like a stench around me that others who got close enough could barely detect but they sensed something is just not quite right. It felt like I had LIAR tattooed across my forehead, so I kept my head down and did not want others to look deeply into my eyes fearing that the neon sign hanging on the door to my brain was flashing Adult Book Store inside.
Because we are unfaithful we run and hide from others like Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. We build walls around ourselves to keep others out and keep the garbage inside the walls hidden. We find ourselves longing for a fresh new start with the slate wiped clean but know that another new start will probably just end with another fall so why even keep trying?
God our Father does not want us to be in that place feeling and believing lies about what horrible people we are. Have I done horrible things? Yes, I have, and the possibility exists that I might even commit sexual sin again. As long as I have a sin nature, live in a fallen, and battle demonic influences there is always the possibility.
However, there is a fruit of the Spirit that He can develop in us called faithfulness. He can transform me and make me a stronger man who keeps his word on a daily basis. As my faithfulness to my Father, the Lord and the Spirit grows my desires for sexual sin decrease. I begin to see something in me that is very valuable. I see freedom and a longing for purity. I taste and see that the Lord is Good. I begin to realize that what used to seem like an enticing juicy rib-eye steak that my taste buds are craving is really just more of my own vomit and there is a sweetness that comes from being faithful to my wife, my family and most of all my Lord.
Faithfulness is a muscle that grows strong through exercising it. Every temptation you face is an opportunity to grow stronger or grow weaker. Sexual sin offers no free samples. It is always the first link in a growing chain designed to bind and entangle you.
Wisdom sees sexual sin for what it really is and faithfulness is the Spirit giving you the strength to throw it away into the garbage can and keep walking filled with the Spirit.
“Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;” Deuteronomy 7:9
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore, I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27