Paul started his list naming the fruit of the Spirit with 3 qualities focusing God-ward. He followed them with 3 characteristics that speak to how we relate to others and the world around us. In his final 3 traits, Paul shifts to more general, inward-focused expressions of the fruit of the Spirit. To kick off the final trio, Paul chooses faithfulness.
Faithfulness speaks to our reliability and trustworthiness. It’s hard for others to trust us if they can’t count on us. Do you consider yourself to be reliable and trustworthy?
Faithful people keep their word. They are careful with their integrity, not promising things they may not be able to deliver or complete. They are thoughtful in the manner they conduct themselves and live their life. They are intentional in their interactions and activities. Faithful people are clear-headed, patient, and charitable. Faithful people are prayerful and gracious. They treat others with respect and kindness.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach me how to be a more faithful person exhibiting trustworthiness and reliability, treating people with kindness and respect. I recognize my faithfulness speaks to how I view others and attests to what I believe about You. I can do nothing without Your help. I am dependent on You. Thank You for Your Son, in whose name I pray. Amen.