Promises, Promises…

A study on the Fruits of the Spirit: Faithfulness. Let love and faithfulness never leave you- bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

What does the fruit of Faithfulness look like?

Someone walking in the fruit of faithfulness would be considered trustworthy. They are true to their words, vows, promises, and are therefore dependable. These individuals are also loyally steadfast in their beliefs and faith in God, and would most likely be referred to as someone with great integrity.

Let’s take a look at someone who was true to their word. Read and consider 1 Samuel 20, 1 Samuel 24, 2 Samuel 9.

Often times when a change in leadership took place, the descendants of the previous dynasty were destroyed ( see 2 Kings 10 for an example). But when Jonathan asked David to show him the loving kindness of the Lord, David promised him that he would not kill off his family once he (David) was king (1 Samuel 20:14-17,42). Later on in scripture we see David make a similar vow to Saul, Jonathan’s father, when he promises to not kill off his descendants (1 Samuel 24:20-22).

After David is made king, he shows kindness to Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son (2 Samuel 9). In doing so Jonathan and Saul’s family line is preserved through Mica, Mephibosheth’s son. David was true to his word and kept his promise to both Jonathan and Saul.

Reflection:
Are you’re words trustworthy? Would those who know you say they can count on you to keep your word? If you’re unsure, ask a trusted friend to give you an honest answer. If she tells you there’s room for improvement spend some time in prayer and ask God to help your actions match your words.


Thank you for joining me. This has been a part of my current series, Sweet Smelling Fruit—Cultivating a Heart that Lives by the Spirit. Currently we are taking a look at the fruit of faithfulness. If you would like to read past articles from this series click here.

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~Kelly

 

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