Fruits of the Spirit: Faithfulness and Gentleness
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Gal. 5:22-23 (NIV)
Faithfulness, in my opinion, is the most important gift that the Holy Spirit can give. The Greek word for faithfulness is Pistos. The word Pistos means that a person is trusty, very loyal and committed to a person, cause, or religion. Being faithful requires that one does not falter from commitments or promises. Faithfulness hinges on what we value and what we find as important. Being Faithful to God is one of the hardest things for Christians to do. As humans we falter from being faithful to God on a daily basis, however no matter how many times we fall we must always renew our faith in God, for God has promised us that He will always be faithful to us. In the last days of Earth, being faithful will be the biggest issue that will exist, being faithful to God, or being faithful to the enemy. Only those who have remained faithful to God will be able to live on in New Jerusalem.
Gentleness is a value and quality in a Christian’s character. Gentleness, in Greek prautes, is also commonly known in the Bible as meekness. It is not an indication that being gentle or meek is a sign of weakness, it is a sign of having control over power and strength. Gentleness includes having true humility, which includes not considering oneself too good or to exalted to do humble tasks. Paul has said in Galatians 6:1 “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.” Basically when we find someone who is trapped in their own sin, we must approach them with a gentle nature so that it can be easier for them to be more accepting of us.
Posted on March 28, 2012, in Spiritual Life, Top Stories and tagged Christ, Christian, Christianity, Epistle to the Galatians, Faithfulness, Fruit of the Holy Spirit, Fruit of the Spirit, Gentleness, God, HolySpirit, Jesus, loyalty, New International Version, New Jerusalem, Spirit, Spiritual. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.