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Faithfulness

Accord­ing to the scrip­tures, one of the main char­ac­ter­is­tics of God is His absolute faith­ful­ness. This virtue in man is also con­sid­ered to be one of the “fruits of the Holy Spir­it.” (Gala­tians 5:22)

To be faith­ful means to be absolute­ly true to one’s word, to be total­ly loy­al in one’s devo­tion, to be com­plete­ly stead­fast and unswerv­ing in one’s own call­ing and voca­tion. It also means to remain in hum­ble ser­vice, in truth and in love, no mat­ter what the con­di­tions or con­se­quences. To be faith­ful means to be coura­geous and to be and to do that which one must be and do by God’s will, regard­less of any rejec­tion by oth­ers and in spite of any lack of recog­ni­tion or appre­ci­a­tion. God Him­self is per­fect­ly faith­ful. He has made promis­es and declared covenants, keep­ing His word no mat­ter what man does. When men are adul­ter­ous and faith­less, God remains faith­ful (Cf. Jere­mi­ah 3, Ezekiel 16); for “the Lord has sworn and will not change His mind.” (Psalms 110:4, Hebrews 7:21)

… if we deny Him, He will deny us; if we are faith­less, He remains faith­ful for He can­not deny Him­self. (2 Tim­o­thy 2:12–13)

Christ is faith­ful to His Father and to His crea­tures until the end. He does not swerve from His mis­sion but accom­plish­es all that God the Father has giv­en Him to do. (Cf. John 17:4) Accord­ing to the book of Rev­e­la­tion, the name of Jesus, the Word of God, is “Faith­ful and True”; He is called “the faith­ful wit­ness” by Saint John. (Rev­e­la­tion 19:11, 1:5)

The spir­i­tu­al per­son is the one who is faith­ful to his call­ing, ful­fill­ing every good res­o­lu­tion, and bear­ing fruit patient­ly with the gifts and tal­ents giv­en by God. The spir­i­tu­al per­son is faith­ful in every lit­tle thing — every thought, every word, every deed -”accord­ing to the mea­sure of faith which God has assigned him” (Romans 12:3), “accord­ing to the mea­sure of Christ’s gift” which is “giv­en to each.” (Eph­esians 4:7) Such faith­ful­ness is the main teach­ing in Christ’s para­ble of the tal­ents. The one who faith­ful­ly and with­out fear devel­ops and grows with that which the Lord has pro­vid­ed is the one who hears the voice of the Mas­ter.

Well done, good and faith­ful ser­vant; you have been faith­ful over a lit­tle — faith­ful in a very lit­tle (Luke 19–27); 1 will set you over much, enter into the joy of your mas­ter. (Matthew 25.-21)

The main ene­mies of faith­ful­ness to God and man are pride, cov­etous­ness, cow­ardice, envy and the refusal to serve humbly where one is, with the con­di­tions and gifts which God has pro­vid­ed. Faith­less­ness is born when one “thinks of him­self more high­ly than he ought to think” (Romans 12:3), fears that he can­not do with what God has giv­en, cov­ets his neigh­bors’ tal­ents and gifts, and moves from place to place seek­ing to be sat­is­fied and filled by the things of this world.

Faith­ful­ness is char­ac­ter­ized by sta­bil­i­ty of body and soul; the utter refusal to move or be moved for any unwor­thy rea­son; the com­plete ded­i­ca­tion to what God gives one to do, with the faith, grace and strength that God gives to do it. As it is writ­ten in the say­ings of the fathers of the desert: “As a tree can­not bear fruit if it is often trans­plant­ed, no more can a monk (or any per­son) that is often chang­ing his mind and mov­ing from place to place.” The only way to receive the “crown of life” is to be “faith­ful until death” in the place where God has put us. (Rev­e­la­tion 2:10) The only way to find joy, wis­dom and peace is to be faith­ful to one’s own unique­ness, know­ing that each per­son has his own spe­cif­ic life and voca­tion from God which no one else has; his own spe­cif­ic mis­sion which no one else can per­form.

The spir­i­tu­al per­son devel­ops his own life in faith­ful­ness, with­out envy or fear, and so accom­plish­es and becomes that which God has willed for him before the dawn of cre­ation.