Covenant, nowadays, is mostly being brought up or tackled in the context of religion, and faithfulness often in the context of marriage. While faithfulness seems to be a requirement only in covenants, being faithful is a virtue which must be found in all areas of our lives. The modern definition of covenant is contract, and we hear this almost every day. We understand its binding power, and we are terrified by the consequences of not fulfilling our end of the bargain. Whenever we comply with all the conditions of a contract, does it equate to faithfulness? Understanding the consequences of not to
adhering to the terms would, in a specific measure, motivate us to be faithful.
“Faithfulness is the act of being true to our words and our promise. It’s the ability to follow through on commitments with dedication.” must manifest in all areas of our lives. It must be deeply ingrained, must be our virtue, and one of our core values. Confucius advised that sincerity and faithfulness be held as first principles. Every detail of our actions in our everyday life, in our thoughts, in our relationships, in our dealings, all must be anchored on being faithful to what is expected of us even in the midst of all the challenges and temptations. Strive to live up to what is right, what is just, and what is true.
We can look up to people in the Bible who has been faithful in their relationships. Remember how Ruth had been faithful to serve the family of her husband even though he already died? Shem could have left her mother-in-law and lived a comfortable life with others but she chose to remain faithful and true by following her. King David and Jonathan, the son of Saul, exemplified faithfulness in their friendship. Though Jonathan was supposedly the successor of King Saul, his friendship with David did not tarry despite David receiving the crown. The parable of the talents, on the other hand, teaches us how to be faithful and good stewards of the talents, skills, and resources God has given us. Here, the three servants of the master were given resources but only two of them multiplied it; the other did not even bother to do the same.
How about us, are we faithful in all that is given to us? Will we be able to hear our Master say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over little, I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Being created in the image and likeness of our Creator, we can be as faithful as Him. The fruits of being faithful to Him and His commandments shall be reaped not only by us but even by a thousand generations after us.
We are a people who are faithful. We understand covenant, and we value all our relationships. There is no way for us to violate any of the terms we have signed up for and to the godly principles we hold important in our lives. We are buoyant, and we only agree to be faithful to the things that are true, just and righteous. We influence others to become faithful and all our relationships are held secure by our faithfulness.
Heavenly Father, thank You for allowing us to understand more about the value of faithfulness by revealing to us Your faithfulness. Empower us to see more and live by Your examples. We come against every temptation to become unfaithful. Keep us strong even in the midst of all the chaos, trials and complications. Keep our eyes open, our minds clear, and our hearts pure to process all the situations challenging us to get out of our vows and covenants. These we ask in Your Name, Amen.
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