Confessions of a PW~ Faithfulness & Gentleness
Two more of the fruit found in Galatians 5:22-23 are faithfulness and gentleness~
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Faithfulness involves a commitment to something or someone: to a spouse, a movement, or religion. Being faithful requires personal devotion not to stray away from pledges or promises.
Our God is faithful, He has never strayed from His promises. He warned the Israelites to worship Him only or they would be taken into slavery by their enemy; they chose to worship cultural gods anyway. God kept His promise to them, time after time the people He adored would end up in captivity because of their own rebellion. I can hear someone saying "He's such a mean God" No! Nope! He isn't a mean God but He is a faithful God who keeps His Promises, all of them. If we believers would rather chase after the wind then we will have to deal with a word we'd rather disregard: consequences.
Are we as faithful to keep the promises He made to us? Are we fulfilling the covenant we made with Him? ie faithfulness
Gentleness is the opposite of anger or a desire for revenge, and self promotion. Gentleness is humble. Gentleness places our human strength under the Holy Spirit's guidance; surrendering to Him is a necessity.
"Gentleness also means giving up the right to judge what is best for ourselves and others. God is not as concerned with our comfort as He is concerned with our spiritual growth, and He knows how to grow us far better than we do. Gentleness means that we accept that the rain falls on the evil and the just and that God may use methods we don't like to reach our hearts and the hearts of others." www.gotquestions.org
Jesus is THE perfect example of gentleness. Matthew 21:5
‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’
He is faithful and gentle. These gifts are ours from Jesus as we allow the Holy Spirit to consume our fleshly desires and fill us with His presence.
Bless the Lord.