“I Do” Equals Faithfulness

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Faithfulness

I rarely have writer’s block. I can almost always think of something to say.

What to write about this third week of September and first week of fall?

I thought and prayed, and repeated often . . . and nothing.

Then two words came to my heart and mind.

“I do.” 

Do you promise to ___________?

And you answer, “I do.”

But what does the promise “I do” mean?

“I do” equals faithfulness.

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I wonder if faithfulness been replaced by cynicism.
Has selfishness replaced loyalty?
Has personal gain replaced reliability and trustworthiness?

And if we doubt the faithfulness of those around us—do we then excuse ourselves?

Faithfulness is spiritual fruit.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22–23

Faithfulness models the character of God. It is who and what He is. Always faithful to His promises. Always.

Then the Lord came down in a cloud and stood there with him (Moses); and He called out His own name, Yahweh.“Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. Exodus 34:5–6

Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100:4b–5

If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is. 2 Timothy 2:13

But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9

That’s good news!

If you’ve failed at faithfulness in the past.

God wants to give you a fresh start.

If you’ve been hurt by the faithlessness of others.

God wants you to forgive and heal.

If you’ve doubted His faithfulness because of trials and injustice.

God invites you to trust Him.

He reminds you—He is who He says He is. 

Faithful and True. (Revelation 19:11–16)

This week we will look at freeing ourselves of past baggage. We will set our hearts and minds on the One who is faithful and true. We will invite Him to create in us a faithfulness that will give Him glory and bless those around us.

Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest wrote:

The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us.

Will you pray with me?

Father, We come to You in the name of Jesus, the One who is Faithful and True. Hear our prayer. We have trust issues Lord. People have hurt us. They have failed to keep their promises. They have betrayed us. We too, have hurt those we love. We’re naturally self-centered and selfish. Please forgive us. Help us to forgive those who have failed us. Through Your Holy Spirit give us Your patience, kindness, and love and help us to share those blessings with others.

Father, We thank you for Your faithfulness. Guide us this week and help us to grow through Your mercy and grace. We thank and praise You now and forever. Amen.

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15 Comments

  1. I love how when we’re faithful to God, He’s faithful to us a thousand time over! And, He’s always willing to give us another chance when we fall short.

    1. Amen Kathryn! His grace covers it all, and oh my how I need His grace!

    1. Thank you Martha! Praying daily for faithfulness to the One who is always faithful.

  2. Deb, thank you for reminding us of God’s amazing faithfulness. Your prayer is absolutely perfect for this day. I need to pray this one every day and remember just how far away I am from His holiness. Blessings to you.

    1. Thank you Sabra! I love how Scripture is full of reminders of God’s faithfulness. He will always forgive the repentant heart . . . oh, how I need His faithful grace and mercy.

  3. I love this, Deb. It is my fervent prayer that we would model the faithfulness that God has shown towards us.

    1. So true Heather, that we would model our Father’s character with faithfulness. What a wonderful way to point to Him and give Him glory.

  4. Debbie Wolf says:

    I love this Deb! As you know, I just said “I do” and faithfulness is of upmost importance in every relationship! Thank you for writing this!

    1. I agree Debbie! And I’m so happy for you and Jeff. Faithfulness and trust go hand in hand . . . we can’t have one without the other. <3

  5. Oh, faithfulness. It is one of the qualities of God I am most aware of, most appreciative of, it seems. It’s his faithfulness that often overwhelms me, humbles me, exposes my own weakness, compels me onward. Thank you for these words.

  6. I’m grateful that it’s God’s great faithfulness that enables us to take our own small, shaky steps of faith. Thanks for linking to Unforced Rhythms.

  7. Such an encouraging post, and powerful insight. I love that you closed this post with a prayer, leading us to the feet of Jesus. Blessings from a fellow MADMLinkup writer! 🙂

    1. Thanks for your kind words Jen. And thanks for heading over from MADM! Blessings!

  8. Love the Oswald Chambers quote. Our “I do’s” need to be backed up with faithfulness. Great post.

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