Six Character Traits Of Faithfulness
It has been said that, “the greatest ability is dependability.” There is great truth to that statement. The Bible stresses in several places the importance of Faithfulness. It is a characteristic of God, especially toward His people, and it is a characteristic of His servants.
As we think about this subject, consider Six key Character Traits of Faithfulness
Commitment is an internal act, an act of heart and mind, of dedicating one’s self to something. In the biblical sense it is dedicating one’s self to the Lord, His kingdom, and His will. This was one of the primary traits of anyone that was used by God. We see it in David’s life, Joshua’s life, Moses’ life, Isaiah’s life, Daniel’s life, and in Paul’s life. Every man and woman of God, that was used by God, was committed to God, His, Kingdom and His work
2 Corinthians 5:14 states, “The love of Christ constraineth me…” This is the right motive for faithfulness. Paul stated that the love that Christ demonstrated on the cross, was the motivating factor of him staying the course that God laid out for him. That love needs to grip our hearts and minds to move us to stay our course.
It means to put up with for a long time. This shows in dealing with difficult people and circumstances.
2 Corinthians 6:3-6 states, “Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned.” Ephesians 4:2 states, “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.” Colossians 3:12 states, “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering.”
Patience is a calm temperment which bears evil without murmuring or discontent; the act or quality of waiting long for justice; perseverance, consistency in labor; the quality of bearing offenses and injuries without anger, revenge, or retaliation.
Hebrews 12:1, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” James 1:3-4, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” 2 Corinthians 6:4, “But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses.”
Endurance means a continuing on under pain or distress without yielding to the pressures.
2 Timothy 2:3-4, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 2 Timothy 4:5, “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” 1 Peter 2:19, “For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfull”
Being steadfast means having a fixed, established, constant, resolute constitution (what you’re made of); not fickle or wavering
The Bible states in 1 Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” In Colossians 2:5, “For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.” 1 Peter 5:8-9 states, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith…” 2 Peter 3:17, “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness”
If there is one quality that will help you continue serving and living for the Lord, it is the quality of faithfulness. If we will finish the race that the Lord set before us, then we need to make the decision to be faithful to Christ and His cause.
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