Cultivating The Fruit Of Faithfulness

Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit requiring time to grow.
Therefore, in a fast-paced world seeking instant gratification, it is sometimes underrated.
Faithfulness may not be glamorous, exciting, or fashionable, but it’s a fruit with richness and depth making it well worth the effort of cultivating.

Like every fruit of the Spirit, faithfulness begins with God. It is a key attribute of His character, woven through every page of Scripture; His faithfulness is unchangeable. Paul writes, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13)

This is a relief! Firstly, because in a rapidly-changing world, it is comforting to know God is constant, but secondly because we don’t need to look far in Scripture (or the world around us) to see the unfaithfulness of humanity. The whole of the Old Testament is a story of God’s faithfulness despite His people’s failure and disobedience…

Since “faithfulness” is my word of the year for 2021, it was a joy to be able to share about it at Gracefully Truthful as part of their series on the fruit of the Spirit. I’d love it if you’d join me there to read the full post and to reflect on how we can cultivate the fruit of faithfulness.

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16 thoughts on “Cultivating The Fruit Of Faithfulness

  1. Leslie, thank you for this post and for sharing about Ian. May I be found faithful >>> “One step at a time, one day at a time, as we [I] seek God, hold to His faithfulness, and allow His Spirit to work within us [me].”

    PS – I so agree with Michele’s comment above. You have displayed a beautiful posture of perseverance which has been an encouragement to me. Blessings!

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  2. Thank you for this encouraging post, Lesley. It’s such a wonder how faithful God is. The Israelites soon forgot the victories again and again, and yet as soon as they cried out to the Lord, He forgave them, even knowing they would slide back again. God is so patient with us! Love and blessings to you!

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  3. Being faithful takes time and energy, and the more we do it, the more we are able to harvest the fruits of our faithfulness. I’m not talking about what we may get, but how much we will grow to be more like God. Wonderful post. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! That’s so true, we often don’t see material rewards for our faithfulness but there is great reward in knowing God more and growing to be like him.

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  4. Lesley, your description of Ian reminds me of my parents … not well known according to the world’s standards, but wonderful examples of faithfulness in God’s eyes. I would like to think I would have stood with Caleb and Joshua, but I’m not so sure … I am grateful, though, that God is faithful even when we are not.

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    1. I’m glad your parents provided you with such good examples of faithfulness, Lois! It is definitely encouraging to know that God’s faithfulness does not depend on ours!

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  5. I’m SO thankful for this truth: “Like every fruit of the Spirit, faithfulness begins with God.” It really takes the pressure off of us.

    And this: “So how do we cultivate a life of faithfulness?
    One step at a time, one day at a time, as we seek God, hold to His faithfulness, and allow His Spirit to work within us.”

    Thanks, Lesley. I’m very grateful that God is faithful!

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  6. Lesley, hi! Your piece reminds me how deep and rich is the love of God that He would give those who believe in Him the Holy Spirit.

    He comes bearing fruit … may we not let it lie dormant but share those choice riches with others.

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