What comes to your mind when you think of the adjective “faithfulness”? Sometimes, my mind thinks in terms of opposites and in this case I thought of the word cheating.
Cheating is a topic that comes up all too often when girls get talking about their relationships. It seems today there isn’t very much value put on being faithful. And yet, we all want relationships that last; relationships that go the distance and ones we can count on.
[Tweet “Faithfulness is the superglue of relationships.”]
A faithful girl is loyal and constant — she can be depended on.
Just like many of the captivating characteristics you might think, “Sure that’s true, but why should I go first? Why should I have to be faithful in my relationships when it seems no one else cares?”
God cares and faithfulness is important to Him. In Galatians, He tells us a secret to having a joyful life:
Galatians 6:7 NLT
“Don’t be misled–you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.”
I’m not sure if you’re into gardening. Me? Not so much. But I did grow up in Iowa where my town was surrounded by cornfields. So I get it. When the farmers planted corn, they got corn. When they planted soybeans, they never got wheat.
So it is with our lives. If we don’t follow through on our promises to our friends, fail to complete what our parents have given us to do or flirt around with other guys when we’ve got a boyfriend, we can’t expect to find others being faithful toward us.
What we plant, that’s what we will eventually get.
Grab a piece of paper. On the top of the page write, “What I Want to Be Known For.” Under this title, I want the two of you to write down how you would like to be described as it pertains to being faithful. Here are some questions to get you rolling:
- Where are you already being faithful in your life?
- How would you describe someone you know who shows faithfulness?
- How would you want some of those you have relationship to describe you being faithful to them? (i.e. Jesus, parents, siblings, friends, etc.)
One place in our lives where faithfulness has life long benefits or repercussions is in purity in our relationships with the opposite sex. To help you make up your mind to honor God by being faithful in this area, I have created two free resources, His Revolutionary Love Heart and Body Covenant and The Family Purity Code. You can find both of these by clicking here to download them from my website.
Week 5: Chapters 8 & 9: Faithfulness & Gentleness
Week 6: Chapters 10 & 11: Self-control and wrap up