Six Traits to Emulate: (4) Faithfulness

BY Doug Jones

January 31, 2013

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Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,

There is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not

As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

[Stanza 1, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”]

It is rare that I don’t hum the tune or think of the lyrics above whenever I give my attention to the attribute of faithfulness. It captures so clearly the nature of God and the depths and direction of his steadfast patience and loving dependability toward his daughters and sons. Our God is faithful.

One of the ways we bear the image in which we were created is to emulate this dependable, constant, and faithful manner. Keeping our word. Acting on our stated convictions. Following through on our promises and commitments. Matching our words to our actions in a whole and integrated way reflects the integrity of our faithful God. We can grow in this area when we fail to take shortcuts endeavoring to keep even the smallest of our promises and honor the most trivial commitment.

May our heads, hearts, and hands commit to being faithful, and may God help us reflect this attribute that he perfectly demonstrates.

One true Promise Keeper, you are the God who foretold of a deliverer and fulfilled it through Jesus’ coming and living among us, through his dying and rising triumphant over sin and death. This day may our lives find their confidence, direction, hope, meaning and commitment in your will and way. This we ask in the name of your Son, our Savior, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

[Dawn to Dark, p. 71]


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