Building Character: Faithfulness

Psalm 57:10

Faithfulness is something we can all relate to on a personal level. All of us have experienced the never-ending faithfulness of God. While we were still sinners, Christ loved and died for us. He is faithful, even when we are not. Many of us have also experienced unfaithfulness. Maybe even in a close friend or spouse. That breech of trust in an established relationship is difficult to overcome. Trust is not built over night, rather over time. Chances are, we know how deeply that unfaithfulness can wound. Yet, when we were at our most unfaithful, Christ still died to make us right with Him.

Now that is passionate poetry.

This month,  I want to focus on the character quality of faithfulness. I normally do character studies on Mondays (and I completely neglected them in January), but I want to recommit to them each month. I will share some short thoughts on faithfulness this week. Next Monday, I will share a family Bible study on faithfulness. I try to make them applicable to all ages, but you may need to modify a bit depending on the age of your children. And finally, I will close the month with some application and ways that you and your family can practice and share faithfulness. I pray this character study is a blessing to your family! 🙂

As we prepare to go more in depth next week, meditate on these scriptures depicting faithfulness as a major part of the character of God:

For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. –Psalm 57:10

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. –Psalm 89:1

Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. –Psalm 85:10-11

But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. –Psalm 86:15

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. –Psalm 89:14-15

Notice a repeated theme? God’s love and faithfulness are woven together. God’s faithfulness towards us springs up from his unconditional love for us. Would Christ have hung in unimaginable pain for us, a people who had turned their backs on him, if he did not love us with a passion we may never understand?

When we are moved by his love, our reaction should be our faithfulness back to him. Moreover, when we realize the height and depth of his love and faithfulness, how can we keep that to ourselves? Like David, we should make it known through all generations: young and old. As we’ve talked about before, God calls us as parents to tell our children about what He has done in our lives. But not only our children, but with everyone we encounter. We can share God’s love and faithfulness with all.

Who can you share God’s faithfulness with this week?

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