It seems kind of obvious that as Christians, Christ followers, church goers, or whatever label you want, we are supposed to stay faithful to God, but in my personal walk, I have found that doing this isn’t that easy. How do I stay faithful when I don’t make the soccer team, when a close friend dies, or my family moves away from all my friends? Satan and the trials of life are constantly pulling that faithfulness between God and I apart.
So how does that faith stay in place?
A constant focus on Christ and God’s love is necessary. One of the best changes I ever made in my daily quiet time with God was to reflect on the past 24 hours and write down how God showed up in my life. Amazingly, even 24 hours after some of the worst days of my life in which I failed tests and quizzes, my friends were too busy to hang out with me, my parents were mad at me, and even when the sky was cloudy I have found that God is present through the struggle. Looking back, I have actually found that I can create a longer list of how God showed up on those days than on days that seem relatively positive. I think this is because of God’s faithfulness, and because of His faithfulness, my faith in Him is strengthened.
Hebrews 10:23 says to hold on to our hope because God is faithful. I have found that this is true because when I look to God and see where he is faithful in my life, it makes it much easier for me to believe that he will do it again.
Gentleness comes into the picture because God’s faithfulness flows into my actions and makes it much easier to be gentle towards others. When I get in a disagreement with another person, it’s usually easy to defend myself and argue right back. However, with a constant focus on God I find it easier to be gentle and treat people the way they deserve to be treated.
With gentleness comes a sense of peacefulness. When I think of gentleness, I think of a calming presence. What better source of this for my own life than the Prince of Peace?
So let’s take a step back, look at our lives and find where we can add some more faithfulness and gentleness.
WRITTEN BY: ZACH FETTER
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is ...faithfulness, 23 gentleness...
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
- How have you seen God’s faithfulness and gentleness in the last 24 hours?
- What part of your life is distracting you from being faithful to God? What areas of your life have you been more faithful to something or someone than to God?
- Why do you think gentleness is an important fruit of the spirit to demonstrate in your life?
- What things can you do this week to be more faithful and gentle?