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Summary: The Fruit of The Spirit (Part 9) The faithful hold on to TRUTH, PERSEVERE, keep their COMMITMENTS, and make a FRESH START. This message is also appropriate for graduation. (See sermons in Word format at www.praiseag.org)

FAITHFULNESS

The Fruit of The Spirit (Part 9)

Galatians 5:22-23 (quickview) 

Galatians 5:16-25 (quickview)  (NIV)

[22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, [23] gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

INTRODUCTION:

This morning we are going to continue our series of messages with the seventh of the nine expressions of the fruit of the Spirit—FAITHFULNESS. However, God has worked this out that I can have a heart to heart talk with our graduates. The rest of you have the opportunity to eavesdrop and listen in.

Why talk with graduates about faithfulness?

Faithfulness sets us apart from other people. Faithfulness separates:

 the successful from the failures,

 the finisher from the quitter,

 the responsible from the irresponsible,

 the mature from the immature,

 the righteous from the sinful.

You have grown up and are living in a society that is unfaithful. The tabloids are filled with stories of unfaithfulness; Hollywood marriages, divorces and love affairs are glamorized and sensationalized for all to see.

It’s apparently no big deal for marriages to come and go. If we were to take a poll of your graduating class statistics would tell us that over half of their parents have divorced. Today it’s marriages that last the test of time that are unusual.

We can even find the society’s acceptance of unfaithfulness at the card shop. Visit a Hallmark store, “when you care enough to send the best,” and you can find cards that fit the unfaithful style of our day. One card in the love and sweetheart section reads, "I can’t promise you forever, but I can promise you today." I suppose you could even put that on an anniversary card! That’s about as deep a commitment as some are willing to make.

I’m glad God promises us more than just today!

Psalm 100:5 (quickview)  (NIV)

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

When it comes to faithfulness one thing you can know for sure; GOD IS FAITHFUL. God will never turn His back on you; God won’t abandon you. God will never take advantage of you or mistreat you. God will be faithful!

 What is faithfulness?

Let me ask you what does faithfulness mean? What word would you use to describe faithfulness? Authenticity. Truthful. Real. Accurate.

I don’t normally go to the dictionary, but I liked this definition of faithfulness. The American Heritage Dictionary defines faithfulness as “adhering firmly and devotedly, as to a person cause or idea.” Faithfulness is a stick-to-itiveness that won’t be broken; faithfulness is the “superglue” of the heart that holds fast and won’t let go. Faithfulness means you follow through with your commitments regardless of what it costs.

Through out this series on the fruit of the Spirit, I have described each as an expression of love. Love is the blossom; without love it is impossible for the fruit to develop. The fruit of the Spirit begins and ends with love.

o Joy is love rejoicing.


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