COUNCIL FOR THE RESTORATION OF FILIPINO VALUES (CRFV)
Civil Service Commission Accredited Learning and Development Institute
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? She 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.
“Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man?”
This was a question posted by a wise king of old. As a ruler, he was surrounded by a lot of people who tell tales of themselves or speak flatteries with an intent of satisfying their egos, but he desired that he be surrounded by faithful ones instead. Men and women who are not just loyal but truthful to their core. Persons of such caliber are as rare as valuable precious stones.
Everytime we hear the word “faithful”, we always think of marriage first. Faithfulness is important and is not only limited to this covenant between a husband and wife, it applies to every aspect of our lives. King David once declared, “Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.” As the heavens are above the earth, it simply expresses that faithfulness practically covers a wide range of everything under the sun including every area of our lives.
The above scripture that proclaimed God’s faithfulness reaching to the clouds is a testimony of who God is, to Whom we should pattern our lives. God is faithful in every possible meaning of the word. God is faithful to His Word, His promises, His own laws, His covenant and faithful to the apple of His eyes, the humankind. He is so faithful that He loves each person unconditionally with eternal and unchanging love.
Individually, we can start to practice faithfulness by keeping honorable relationships. We should also keep our promises and give truthful answers to painful questions. Let us be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us, either in the workplace or at home. Marcus Tullius Cicero’s writing is noteworthy saying, “Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.”
Come to think of it, if every person lived faithfully, wholesome and trustworthy lives are lived leading to honorable relationships. Such relationships will result in intact families that will further translate to functional society for a productive workplace. Surely, faithfulness has its way to make a united and transformed nation. As a nation, God wants to lead us even further that we already reached. That’s why He gave us His Spirit, the Leader and Helper, for among the fruits of the spirit is faithfulness.
God’s design for us is to become like Him, as He is faithful, we become faithful in all our ways. Human nature is corrupt and flawed, but the good news is that we can change by the power of His Spirit. We can live a faithful life in thought, word, and deed!
Are we faithful men or women? “May the Lord repay every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness.”
 Proverbs 20:6, NKJV
 Psalms 36:5
 Galatians 5:22-25
 1 Samuel 26:23
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CRFV was recently appointed as the implementing Civil Society Organization of the Values Restoration Program (Civil Service Commission Announcement No. 40 s. 2013) empowering the organization to deliver its advocacy to all Constitutional Bodies, Departments, Bureaus and National Government Agencies (NGAs); Local Government Units (LGUs); Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) with original charters; and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).
There is a nationwide launching and discussion of a common value each week.
The Council for the Restoration of Filipino Values (CRFV) is a non-government organization (NGO) dedicated to the effort in transforming the Filipino public servant and the local government leadership to subscribe to the Code of Ethics and Values that shall provide our nation, the Philippines, with righteous, incorruptible, and sincere service towards a graft free society through the help and guidance of the word of GOD consistent to the exemplary life of our Lord Jesus Christ.