Faithfulness: Reflecting God’s Character
I would first like to challenge parents who are preparing to go through this character study with their children. Your children are watching you. The example you set in your marriage should be one that lifts up the character traits of love and faithfulness. I believe that love and faithfulness are deeply intertwined. God created marriage to be a reflection of his image. What is your marriage reflecting to your children? Are you leaving a legacy of faithfulness and love, or strife and infidelity?
Explore the Meaning:
What does it mean to be faithful? (Being faithful means keeping promises, being trustworthy, and loyal.)
Is someone faithful if they do not keep a promise? No – being faithful means you do what you say you will.
So, if the Bible tells us that God is faithful, does that mean he keeps his promises? Yes!
Are you being faithful to a friend if they tell you something embarrassing and you go tell other people at school about their embarrassing secret? No – being faithful means you are trustworthy.
Think about marriage. In marriage, God calls husbands and wives to be faithful to one another in their love.
Today, we are going to look at 1) How God is faithful to us 2) How we can be faithful to God and 3) How we can be faithful to others.
Look it Up:
1. “For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.”–Psalm 57:10 Over and over in the Bible we see God’s love paired with his faithfulness. Why do you think love and faithfulness are connected?(God is faithful to us because he loves us!)
“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.” —Psalm 145:13 There are many verses in the Bible talking about God’s faithfulness and love. Why do you think that is? What are some promises that God has made to us? (i.e. to never leave or forsake us)
2. “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” —1 Corinthians 16:13-14 What five things does God call us to in these verses? (Read again aloud.) He wants us to be on guard, stand firm in faith, have courage, be strong, and act out of love. God tells us to stand firm in the faith. What might shake our faith? (i.e. Bad things happening to us or in the world.)
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into the hope of the glory of God.” —Romans 5:1-2 What two things does faith help us gain? (peace and hope)
3. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” —Galatians 5:22 Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit. Who will help us be faithful to God and others? (The Holy Spirit)
If love and faithfulness are connected, let’s read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. This gives us a picture of authentic love, and thus faithfulness to others:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” If we are faithfully loving others, how does 1 Corinthians 13 say we will treat others?
(This is especially helpful if you have younger kids!) Here are several pictures that depict different types of faithfulness:
What type of faithfulness do you see here?
Dogs are seen as faithful and loyal companions by many people. Would you agree?
Is it important to be a faithful friend? Why?
How was Jesus faithful to us?
How can we be faithful to God?
Now that we’ve explored the idea of faithfulness, do you believe that God will be faithful in his promises to you of forgiveness, never leaving you, and eternal life?
What are some ways that you can live a faithful life? Faithfully study God’s word, pray, live obediently, and love God. Also, be faithful, loving, and trustworthy in our relationships, especially marriages and friendships. What is one specific thing you will focus on this week to practice more faithfulness in your life?
“Dear Lord, thank you for your love and faithfulness toward us. We know that you will never abandon us. You keep your promises. You love us so much that you sent your only son to die for us. Thank you. We are going to try our best to live a life faithful to you because we love you. Please help us as we try to be more faithful in our relationships with others this week and throughout life. We want to be a your faithful people. Amen.”
Hide It In Your Heart:
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” —Proverbs 3:3