What does it mean to be faithful? Often when we hear of faithfulness or unfaithfulness it is in the context of marriage, but faithfulness extends far beyond a marriage relationship. Faithfulness is about remaining true to your beliefs, being loyal, trustworthy, and dependable over a long period of time. Being faithful means being committed.
I have known my best friend for almost thirty years now. The faithfulness of our relationship didn’t come the moment we met, but over the course of many years being true to one another, and learning that we can depend on one another when we really are in need. My friend stood next to me when I married my husband, she came when my daughter was born, and she was there for my family after our first car accident. She faithfully took care of my family when we were unable to care for ourselves. She has remained a loyal and faithful friend throughout the years. I honestly don’t know what I would do without her. She may not be blood related, but she is family.
Where do you see faithfulness emerge in your life? Is it in a relationship with a friend, a family member? Does it emerge in your spiritual patterns? If faithfulness is something we are committed to over a long period of time, what commitments do you have in your life that you are faithful to?
Faithfulness is something that develops over time. When others see us making choices to do what is right for the good of others over a long period of time, they are likely to see us as trustworthy people. Faithful to what we believe and how we treat others.
If we are people of good character, who love others deeply, and care for the good of all people, how can we share our faithfulness with those we are in relationship with so they can know and believe we are trustworthy people? What does that look like in your life?